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What makes Ann Van Hoey’s work so unique, is not only her extraordinary personal style but also the manufacturing process that is involved in making her works of art. The least we can say is that Ann had the guts to think outside the box of what is common in the world of ceramics of today, both in terms of materials as assembly process. Contrary to how ceramics are generally made, Ann uses a rolling pin to make the thin clay slabs she starts from. She then shapes the panels into her signature half spheres by pressing them against the inner walls of plaster molds. This step gives the artwork its clean and smooth effect.
After that, she cuts some well-thought-out slices in the side of the bowl. That is definitely where the Ann Van Hoey magic happens since it’s really unconventional within the ceramics scene. Ann continues by folding the bowl into the form she eventually wants it to be. As a consequence, the vases evoke the imagery of Japanese origami.
What’s more, Ann likes to experiment with different techniques to finish her pieces. Her vases painted with automotive paint in colors like Ferrari red were seen as revolutionary, especially because she introduced this symbol of engineering into a craft that already exists since time immemorial.
Because Ann Van Hoey dares to push the boundaries, she’s laurelled as a remarkable and above all ground-breaking artist.