Anne Marie Laureys °1962, Belgium
Anne Marie Laureys studied ceramics in Ghent at the Higher Institute of Arts Sint Lucas. Since then she has never had a day without clay. By using the language of throwing, she dives into her material, the clay.
She likes her ceramics to have a sense of excitement and freshness, and they must be tactile. She explores the physical law of the material, clay, in order to give form a sensual moment. This results in a tense meeting whereby spacious, fine and delicate forms are created that reveal the speed, fluency and the extreme plasticity of clay. Into her thrown and altered forms she tries to put a highly personal sensibility that goes hand in hand with the tension and flexibility of a wet pot. She aims to develop a great variety of senses, to show the results of a very physical and palpable human gesture, which is mysterious like the sexual experience. ‘My ceramics are metaphors for feeling' , she says .
The process starts by throwing a classic, symmetrical pot. Whilst the clay is still soft and wet, she pulls at it folding, pinching and puncturing it. The tension of the clay underneath her fingers will dictate the way the folds take shape. She describes this process as ‘a physical exploration of action, reaction and interaction between hand, mind and material' This spirit is the origin the forms in the ‘ Clay-e-motion' series (2001-2008) were created in.
The year 2009 however, marks the start for further explorations into the vessel forms. At the moment she aims to deconstruct/ develop / research the idea of the vessel, the container, even further. She wants to break out of the rim, the lip of a thrown form, a limit. She aims to go beyond the vessel. That is how the ‘C louds by my fingers ' series 09 is created. The fusion of the vessel forms creates three-dimensional physical forms looking like clouds, which are floating, levitated by the power of the motions coming together.
Anne Marie Laureys' work can be found in the collections of the Province of Hainaut , ( Belgium ), the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum ( Taiwan ), the Arts and Crafts Museum of Shanghai ( China ) and the Westerwald Keramikmuseum, (Germany).