Why did you choose this craft?
For me ceramics is more than a choice, it is difficult to know why it attracts me so. Perhaps it is about taking risks and letting go, hoping the kiln will do its best, perhaps it is about earth and fire, simple and complex. Anyway the ‘ceramic world’ will stay my first love forever.
How do you express tradition in your work?
I always come back to the bowl shape. It has played a major role in the history of mankind, and in ceramics beautiful examples have been made. Yet, there is still so much to discover. I like the simplicity of the form and the suggestion of emptiness. I hope to contribute to this great tradition.
©Guy Van Leemput
What is a memorable moment in your career?
I am proud of my bronze medal at the Mino ceramics competition, one of the world’s biggest ceramic festivals. My work Big Anas was chosen by the jury out of 2579 entries from 60 countries. It is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan.
What is your advice to aspiring ceramicists?
When teaching future ceramicists, I always tell them to search for silence: there they can listen to their heart. Only when following their own voice will the making give full satisfaction. I would also advise them to surround themselves with objects and things of beauty.