About Me


About Joseph


I am Joseph (Sef) Thissen born 1981. As a child I was fascinated by the visual arts. Especially in a theatrical way like puppets. I have mastered the skills of working with wood over the years and I am open to many possibilities in realizing various ideas. So if you have such an idea, anything that comes in mind feel free to contact me.


Atelier Thissen (a piece of history)

As a child I grew up amidst the sculptures of my ancestors.


Joseph M. H. Thissen born 1840 was the son of a butcher in Roermond. He studied Fine Arts in sculpting in Antwerp and held a studio there until he came back to Roermond in 1883. There he founded his Atelier, which remained established until 1956. After his death in 1920, two of his sons (including my great-grandfather Christophe Thissen (1887-1956)) took over the studio. I still cherish and admire some of the sculptures inherited by my family. Soon there will be more history and photo’s about my ancestors.




2001 - 2004

Multimedia design Graphisch Lyceum Eindhoven


2011 - 2012

Basics for sculpture from wood Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp


2013 - 2014

Basics Furniture Making Syntra Limburg Maaseik




I continue to develop myself in working with wood and like to develop myself further in other interesting materials. I continue to stimulate myself with new possibilities both from traditional carving and sculpture and new techniques to achieve the result I am looking for. Sometimes I encounter some very interesting challenges and when that’s the case I’ll dive into the books and the internet to find the best possible solution. Before that I will not rest.


What can I do for you?


Are you looking for something wonderful that you don’t see everyday?


Do you have a great idea that you want to be manifested?


Do you want to make something special for someone?


Feel free to contact me and I would like to help you realize your wish.