Introduction
 
Wim Borst became a professional ceramist at a rather advanced age. At the age of 31 he exhibited for the first time. As a self taught artist he took lessons in ceramics from Ru de Boer and Emmy van Deventer a.o.

His oeuvre and career are characterized by a great accuracy and a persistent mentality. His ceramics has its roots in the Dutch geometrical abstract tradition, although he uses the idiom in a non-academic, refreshing way. Within the boundaries of the self chosen restrictions of the geometric abstraction, he takes liberties with colors, materials and themes. His objects are ( generally) made up of different parts.

In the period from 1986 to 1998 he combined ceramics with plexiglass.

In the beginning his geometrical objects divided by lines, were based on the rectangle. Since 1998 round forms (like cylinders and ovals) have prevailed.

Besides the perfect geometrical form, the treatment of the material is of great importance to Wim Borst.

Recently he has begun to add organic material to the clay, thus increasing the importance of the skin of his objects.

In 1992 Museum Het Princessehof in Leeuwarden organized an overview exhibition of his work. The catalogue, containing an introduction by Allaard Hidding, gives a lucid survey of his development as a ceramist.

In 1998 Wim Borst worked for three months in the European Ceramics Work Centre in
's-Hertogenbosch. In this professional and dedicated atmosphere he found the inspiration to experiment with materials and forms. Special attention went to the texture of the material. Experiments with all sorts of organic material led to a new direction in his work, which he continued in his own studio.

In the year 2000 Wim Borst was invited to take part in the Altech Ceramics Biennale in South Africa. His work was rewarded with the Altech Ceramics Merit Award.

In March 2006, the jury of the XIX International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in France, presided by Clara Scremini has awarded him with the "Prix de la Ville de Vallauris", Section < Le Contenant > for the piece 'Rectangular Series, 2', 2005.

Wim Borst is exhibiting regularly in the Netherlands and abroad. He is a member of the NVK (the Dutch Society of Ceramic artists) and of 'de Vishal', (a local society of artists in Haarlem, his native town).
He is part of a group of Dutch ceramists, CeramiCVision.nl who regularly join to discuss their profession; they are looking for opportunities to attract the attention of the public for their works and they are organizing exhibitions as a group.

His work is in private collections and in museum collections in the Netherlands and abroad, such as Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Boston USA, Frans Halsmuseum in Haarlem, Museum Keramion in Frechen Germany, 'Magnelli Museum', the Ceramics Museum of Vallauris, France, Museum Het Princessehof in Leeuwarden, and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.