Irene Vonck

Irene Vonck:

“As a ceramic artist my connection to clay is essential in exploring it’s tactile qualities, finding my personal language and celebrating my freedom within the technical and practical confines of the material.
Returning to my studio after a number of years has been as essential to me as breathing. Being at one with the clay again, connecting to a lifetime of accumulated knowledge and technique.
The forms are based on the vessel shape in which I recognise many female elements. These forms are distorted by the dynamics of clay shards which have been thrown, pushed and cut into the soft forms. The tactile immediacy and unfiltered responsiveness of clay registers each scratch mark, each disruption, distortion, movement and gesture.
The weight of the shards and the energy released determine the ultimate shape. The finished form is a result of the dynamics of personal expression, a collaboration of my energy and the clay which captures the moment.
My language with clay is highly personal, expressing feelings and emotions.
My work forms part of museum collections worldwide, including Japan, U.S.A, Australia and especially in Europe as well as many private and corporate collections.”

International exhibitions

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Boymans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam Museum
Princessehof, Leeuwarden
KunstRai/ Carla Koch, Amsterdam
Garth Clark New York, USA
Everson Museum, New York USA
Bode Museum, Berlin
National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Mostra Internationale, Milano
International Art Fair, Basel
PMMK Museum, Oostende
Barbican Arts Center, London
Marsden Gallery, London
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Gera
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia , USA
Oxford Gallery, UK
Arte Fiera, Bologna
International Ceramics Festival, Mino, Japan
Kunst Pavillion, Innsbruck
Messe München
Exempla, München
Crafts Council, London
De Librije Museum, Zwolle
Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag
Galerie Angewandte Kunst, München
Museum voor Sierkunst, Gent
Museum v.d Togt
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Snug Harbour Cultural Center New York
Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna
Kunst Museum, Den Haag

Museum collections

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Museum Boymans van Beuningen/Het Depôt, Rotterdam
Museum Het Princessenhof, Leeuwarden
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam
De Commanderie, Nijmegen
Stedelijk Museum, Groningen
Museum Kruithuis, Den Bosch
Everson museum, New York, USA
Nordenfjeldske Museum, Trondheim, Norway
Neue Sammlung, Munchen
Musee d’Arts Decoratiefs, Paris, France
Musee d’Arts Decoratifs , Montreal, Canada
Gifu Museum, Japan
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
AMRO bank art collection
PTT art collection
Caldic Collection, Museum Voorlinden
Phillips art collection
AMC art collection
UMC art collection
Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed/Municipal Art Collection