Peter Hoogeboom

The Netherlands, b. 1961

Dutch jeweller Peter Hoogeboom started using ceramics in 1994, after graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam two years earlier. The plasticity and texture of clay, contrasted with the rigidity of metal, quickly became a fundamental aspect of his practice and he has since become a leading proponent of ceramic jewellery.

Peter Hoogeboom uses slip-casting methods to produce the many hollow, light, and strong elements he builds his pieces with. An exchange with Taiwanese jeweller Shu-Lin Wu led to his most recent series ‘Chinawear’: porcelain necklaces in which he lets go of the regular rhythms that characterize previous work. The elements show a dotted pattern coming from the ribbed finger cots (which are everywhere in rubbers and plastics produced in Taiwan), applied in the moulds. Thin silver leaf shapes have been milled with typical Dutch fabric like potato sack and cheesecloth, drawing the two cultural starting points together.

Peter Hoogeboom is represented in numerous public and private collections including the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Marseille), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Auckland Museum, Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) and the Museum of Modern Art (Arnhem).

“In my work I want to return to the function of clay as body adornment, using it in its fired state in an innovative way, which in contemporary design seems to be reserved for the use of clay as a vessel.  The “creation of man from clay” is a theme that recurs throughout world religions and mythologies. Ceramic jewellery is made from the same material that made us: most precious earth.” (PH)

Red Lantern, 2014, Taiwanese porcelain, silver

More work by Peter Hoogeboom

Red Lantern by Peter Hoogeboom Red Lantern , 2014, Taiwanese porcelain, silver ,
One for the Road by Peter Hoogeboom One for the Road , 2011, ceramic, cork ,
Green Soil by Peter Hoogeboom Green Soil , 2011, ceramic, silver, cork ,
In Abundance  by Peter Hoogeboom In Abundance , 2009, porcelain, silver, cork ,
Tears rings by Peter Hoogeboom Tears rings , 2015, ceramic, cork ,
Broody by Peter Hoogeboom Broody , 2007, porcelain, steel, ebony ,



February 2 - March 5, 2016

Award winning jeweller Peter Hoogeboom trained as a contemporary jeweller at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and began using ceramics in his work in 1994.  Chinawear is his first Australian exhibition.