How nice it is to be creative
with a simple material such as clay.
I did it my whole life
and still have new ideas.
How wonderful to express myself
with this white gold
as porcelain is called.
in the same philosophy
of tactility and vulnerability.
Cultural Ambassador of Flanders.
Piet Stockmans loves the medium porcelain in all its qualities: he designs industrially produced porcelain, he constructs artifacts and creates artistic installations. He always in some way knows how to express his feelings and rhythm in a material, naturally cold and solid. That is the reason this seemingly different work carries a rare but universal power.
In his work, form and content flow into each other, as cristals of the basic material at a temperature of 1,400 degrees Celsius are firmly stuck together. In this the repetition plays a paradoxical role. Piet Stockmans has transposed the repetitive part of the undeniable technical process in industry, to an artistic way of expression in his free work. The extraordinary paradox lies in the fact that he never repeats his own process, but that he always surprises one with new, unpredictable changes.
Piet Stockmans' white world with blue accents is as completely recognisable as it is unpredictable.
It represents a blameless expression of signs, that are sometimes functional, but always esthetic.
Next to his creative process, his wife, as the first critic, backs him up in a silent but unreplacable way.
Apart from his three-fold activities, Piet Stockmans passes on his knowledge of industrial design at the Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg in Genk (B).
By this original, multiple and expanding way of working with porcelain, Piet Stockmans occupies a unique position in Flemish post-second-worldwar Art History.
Curriculum vitae PIET STOCKMANS
Born in Leopoldsburg (BE) October 26th 1940
Ion Award, Good industrial design, Maastricht (NL), 1987
Official Prize from the Flemish Community in Visual Arts (BE), 1988
Award ‘Art and smell’ perfume packaging (NL), 1993
Cultural Ambassador of Flanders (BE), 1995
Award ‘Auszeichnung RED DOT für Höchste Designqualität’, Nordrhein Westfalen (DE), 1996
Henry van de Velde price for a career, Design Vlaanderen (BE), 1998
First Prize category Design for tableware LA MER, European Ceramic Context, Bornholm (DK), 2006
Selection of integrations of work
VRT television - Brussel (BE)
Metrostation Georges Henri - Brussel (BE)
KBC Hoofdkantoor - Leuven (BE)
Volvo Cars - Gent (BE)
Ufsia (university of Antwerp) - Antwerpen (BE)
Lucas kantoormeubelen - Hamont-Achel (BE)
Group Gijbels - Opglabbeek (BE)
Administratief Centrum – Berendrecht (BE)
Crossover Crosswalk – Grote Markt Hasselt (BE)
Reumacentrum Genk (BE)
Ter Heide - Genk (BE)
Tourmalien - Genk (BE)
Kantoren Belgische Delegatie Europese Unie – Brussel (BE)
University of Hasselt - Diepenbeek (BE)
Aubrey Square 20 - Kensington London (GB)
Sabic – Sittard (NL)
Rai - Amsterdam (NL)
Cultureel Centrum - Hoofddorp (NL)
De Rijp (NL)
Luminaire - Chicago (US)
Luminare - Miami (US)
Le Meridien Hotel - Minneapolis (US)
Selection of art work bought by museums
MuZee - Oostende (BE)
Designmuseum - Gent (BE)
Museum Het Stadsmus - Hasselt (BE)
George R. Gardiner Museum - Toronto (CA)
Musée National de Sèvres – Sèvres (FR)
Victoria & Albert Museum – London (GB)
Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche - Faenza (IT)
Icheon Ceramic Center – Icheon (KR)
Stedelijk Museum - Amsterdam (NL)
Haags Gemeentemuseum - Den Haag (NL)
Boymans-van Beuningen - Rotterdam (NL)
Stedelijk Museum - Schiedam (NL)
Museum Het Princessehof - Leeuwarden (NL)
Gemeentemuseum - Arnhem (NL)
Stadskantoor Zwolle - Zwolle (NL)
Museum of Arts and Design – New York City, NY (US)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles, CA (US)
Metropolitan Museum - New York City, NY (US)
Long Beach Art Museum – Long Beach, CA (US)
Racine Art Museum – Racine, WI (US)
Carnegie Institute – Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (USA)
Mint Museum of Craft and Design – Charlotte, NC (US)
Ceramic Res. Center – Arizona State Univ, Tempe, AZ (US)
Newark Museum of Art – Newark, NJ (US)