Contemporary tableware

Ann Van Hoey makes folded bowls and cups in earthenware and porcelain. Her work was spotted by the Belgian company Serax Maison d’être in the Flanders Expo in 2008 and her tableware was put into production. Her Étude Géométrique bowls with folded corners were inspired by Japanese origami and won a bronze medal at the Ceramic Biennale in Korea in 2009. The large bowls are press-moulded in chocolate-coloured earthenware clay, inspiring the panel at the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Vallauris in the South of France to name her ‘Madame Chocolat’. She has experimented with folding diferent numbers of corners to give a series of round, square, triangle, eye-shaped and teardrop-shaped bowls.