Mater Terra - Peter Hoogeboom
Oceanum - Susanne Klemm
de 19 Out 30 Nov 2013
In 1995 Peter Hoogeboom introduced clay into his jewellery designs. Since then he has developed collections of ceramic jewellery which are always based on different themes and employ different ceramic techniques.
When ceramicists develop their work, they are sometimes inspired to make jewellery. The opposite is true of Peter Hoogeboom whose ceramic jewellery has inspired him to create large, independent ceramic pieces: objects for tables or walls, which interface with both design and autonomous art.
At first sight these objects resemble natural phenomena, such as coral formations or colonies of fungi. However, closer inspection reveals that they are constructed of hundreds of small vessels which seem in motion like schools of fish or flocks of birds.
Peter created these objects by fusing individually cast and glazed ceramic forms in special kiln-resistant moulds that he fabricated himself.
He was awarded a grant by the Creative Industries Fund NL for the research which underpins this introduction of the kiln casting glass technique in ceramics and the development of the collection.
Peter has dedicated Mater Terra – 4.655 Vessels to his mother.
‘I gaze in fascination at unfamiliar plants and animals from the deep sea, where no light penetrates. They’re beautiful and scary. Just as new species are constantly being discovered, so I discover new things in my head’s quest to create a new collection, aided by my hands. I love to look to nature for inspiration, observing its incredible forms and colours, and the sometimes absurd, sometimes terrifying species it produces. For this collection of jewellery I have remained true to the techniques I have specially developed and the material polyolefin. I have endeavoured to represent the transparency and colour moods in the world of jellyfish, barnacles and sea urchins.
The Oceanum collection comprises a range of necklaces and rings in water colours with striking, fluorescent accents.’
1012 KE Amsterdam