Babs Haenen creates expressive and impressionistic ceramics that give equal importance to colour, line and form. Her works are embellished in a painterly manner, highlighting the influence of abstract painting and landscape motifs, like rippling water, on her practice.
Haenen's works with coloured porcelain slabs and builds colourful, organic vessels with a dynamic inner choreography. Layering the slabs with pigment allows her to form thin ribbons of coloured porcelain, which she folds, cuts, and sculpts to create her vessels. Lately, Haenen's work has gone from vertical vessel forms to more complex works that incorporate two or more separate pieces creating colourful tabletop landscapes.
Haenen first worked as a dancer before studying visual art at the Gerrit Rietvield Academy, Amsterdam 1974-1979. In 1987 Haenen was the recipient of the Werbeurs Stichting Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten-Vormgeving en Bouwkunst. She was the 1990 Werbeurs Ministrie van VVVC and she received the 1991 Inax Design Prize for Europe from Japan. Recently, she was awarded Van Achterbergh prize 2020.