Created using a smooth stoneware clay, these pieces are hand-built by rolling out perfectly flat, thin slabs, which are then moulded into one of several forms. Once the pieces are formed into either a hemisphere or vessel like shape, they are cut and reassembled into intriguing origami-esque sculptures. Ann describes the cutting and resembling as an increasingly organic process, “At the beginning, I did this part in a very geometric, strict way but I have left that behind me over time and certainly for this exhibition.”
The process results in endlessly unique silhouettes with the perfect blend of soft, easy curves and crisp edges and folds. To be displayed individually or as part of a group, this piece is perfectly balanced, with an enticingly smooth surface and a satisfying weight. The stoneware object is finished with a vibrant yellow engobe, a tone more characteristic of Ann’s previous works, which catches light and shadow with a softness that accentuates the complex array of angles and faces within the form.
Relatively new to Ann’s work is the addition of surface texture, which contrasts the perfectly smooth finish of her other works, and accentuates the soft curves and array of angles within each piece. “I like it so much because in one way it is very geometric but, in another way, it makes me think about lace or something more romantic."
About the Artist
Ann Van Hoey graduated with a degree in Ceramics from the Institute for Arts and Craft in Mechelen in 2006. Having worked as a commercial engineer for twenty years, Ann’s unique ceramic practice is foregrounded by mathematical and scientific precision. Each piece begins as a mathematical equation and technical impeccability is maintained throughout her process. Her tools, however, are simple, as she uses just a rolling pin and hand tools.
Ann’s designs take the geometry of Japanese zen gardens as inspiration. The Japanese art of origami is also hugely significant, informing the technique through which she re-assembles her cuttings of clay to create the finished form.
In 2011 Ann became a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Since then, her work has been exhibited world-wide and she has been awarded many prizes, the number of which is made all the more remarkable considering her relatively short professional ceramic career.