Cecil Kemperink’s Ceramic Rings Really Ring

Cecil Kemperink (photo by Marja Sterck)

Cecil Kemperink is an unusual ceramacist. She creates sculptures out of handbuilt ceramic rings, all interlocked and kind of woven together. If you’re an Instagram user, have a look at some of Cecil Kemperink’s posts.

She has floated across my Facebook newsfeed from time to time, and I did a little research on her. Cecil is from the Netherlands, and she believes the sound of her work being handled is a strong component of its appeal.

Watch this very short Kemperink video.

Though the artist runs a risk if she allows viewers to handle the piece, the idea of touch, site, and sound combining is intriguing, isn’t it? I can think of a number of ways to incorporate movement and sound into ceramic sculptures. Seems like it would be worth exploring.

In the near future, we hope to have a direct interview with Cecil—we’re working on it, so stay tuned.

For now, I can tell you that she is an artist, ceramicist, teacher, and mother. Cecil Kemperink has had numerous shows and exhibits. Her award winning work is known internationally. Recently, she is successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to fund a trip to South Korea where two of her works were selected to the World Ceramics Biennale.

Her work includes sculptures and jewelry. As an artists, she describes her journey like this:

“Important themes in my work are balance, motion, connection and amazement. 

The creation that is constructed from rings of clay, can be placed in different ways. The motion of the work, which leads to changes in form and sound make the object wider (extend the image). It invites to investigate: the viewer actively participates in the object.
The quality of clay to change by heating from a flexible material into stone through firing, keeps fascinating and challenging me to experiment with the material.

Can clay still be flexible after it has turned into stone in the oven? I constantly feel the challenge to provoke the borders of the material. Find new ways. The earthly material that is the clay and working with it in a instinctive way: looking for balance.”





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