Guy Van Leemput

Guy Van Leemput

From the search for peace comes an urge to create. Not based on thought, but based on feeling. The heart dictates the form, the head takes the decisions. Thus, each work becomes a quest. I usually work in series, which sets limits but also offers growth. In the summer of 2014 I was invited artist in residence in Jingdezhen (China) and since this shocking event I introduced colour in my work. For this series of translucent bowls I found inspiration in ancient Italian fresco paintings, both in colour as in technique. The pattern on the inside is interfering with the pattern on the outside, depending on the amount of light falling on the pot. Thus the spectacle changes during the day and the seasons. Being a mathematician was of big help designing a technique of firing very thin translucent bowls: these pieces are fired upside down on a support in unfired clay. Thus allowing the processes of gravity and melting to act out their parts in order to extract the pot in the kiln. The high temperature of 1300 °C is needed for strength and translucency. The woodfiring gives the bowl a beautiful white with a sparkling ash-blossom.
Guy Van Leemput (1967, Herentals) studied mathematics and ceramics. In September 2016 and July 2014 he was invited Artist In Residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China. At a number of previous occasions his work has been selected for competitions and group-exhibitions. Both in own land and foreign countries f.i.: ORIGINE 2017, Kunsthandwerkmesse München 2017, Tree Art Museum Beijing 2016, NASPA Prize 2016, PULS 2015, ANDENNE 2015, COLLECT Saatchi Gallery London 2014, TASTE Geneva 2014, MINO 2014, Design Shanghai 2013, Beijing Design Week 2013, TERRALHA 2013 (France), CERCO 2012 (Spain), MINO 2011 (Japan)..
At MINO International Ceramics Competition 2014 his work 'Big Anas' won Bronze Award, it is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan.


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