Since the moment that Anne Marie Laureys (1962) began her ceramic studies in Gent at the Higher Institute of Arts, Saint Lucas, she has never lived a day without clay. Her process starts by throwing classic symmetrical pots and then combining them to expose a new order. While the clay is still soft and wet, she pushes and pulls at it; collapsing, folding, pinching and puncturing it. The tension of the clay under her fingers dictates the final shape. She describes this process as “a physical exploration of action, reaction and interaction between hand, mind and material.”
Although the pieces seem to have a random quality, Laureys takes her time finding the shape of a bowl, remolding and refolding the clay over and over again until it speaks with her unique voice. No two works explore the same space/time. Her ceramics are renowned for their sense of excitement and freshness and are always exceedingly tactile. She puts an extremely personal sensibility into these thrown and altered forms. These are ceramic artworks of the highest order, which combine clay with emotion. In short, they are metaphors for feeling.
Both artists have pieces featured in major museums and private collections around the world.