Guy Van Leemput

Ceramist Mathematician Artist


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Artist statement

From the search for peace comes an urge to create. Not based on thought, but based on feeling. Feeling, work and more work. The heart dictates the form, the head takes the decisions. Each result shows me who I am and better knowledge allows for yet a deeper digging. Thus, each work becomes a quest. I usually work in series, which sets limits but also offers growth. In the summer of 2014 I was invited artist in residence in Jingdezhen (China) and since this shocking event I have wanted to introduce colour in my work. For this series of translucent bowls I found inspiration in ancient Italian fresco paintings, both in colour as in technique. The same freshnesh in colour is achieved by using stains for colouring the kaolin and using these coloured slabs to roll into the walls of the bowl. Both inside and outside. The pattern on the inside is interfering with the pattern on the outside, depending on the amount of light falling on the pot. Thus the spectacle changes during the day and the seasons. Being a mathematician was of big help designing a technique of firing very thin translucent bowls: these pieces are fired upside down on a support in unfired clay. Thus allowing the processes of gravity and melting to act out their parts in order to extract the pot in the kiln. The high temperature of 1300 °C is needed for strength and translucency. The woodfiring gives the bowl a beautiful white with a sparkling ash-blossom.

Guy Van Leemput (1967, Herentals) studied mathematics and ceramics. In September 2016 and July 2014 he was invited Artist In Residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China. At a number of previous occasions his work has been selected for competitions and group-exhibitions. Both in own land and foreign countries f.i.: ORIGINE 2017, Kunsthandwerkmesse München 2017, Tree Art Museum Beijing 2016, NASPA Prize 2016, PULS 2015, ANDENNE 2015, COLLECT Saatchi Gallery London 2014, TASTE Geneva 2014, MINO 2014, Design Shanghai 2013, Beijing Design Week 2013, TERRALHA 2013 (France), CERCO 2012 (Spain), MINO 2011 (Japan)..

At MINO International Ceramics Competition 2014 his work ‘Big Anas’ won Bronze Award, it is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan.



Curriculum Vitae

Guy Van Leemput (°1967) lives and works in Herentals (Belgium)

Select Exhibitions

  • 2022

    • workshop FABRIK, Freiburg (DE)
    • COLLECTIBLE, Booth Valcke Art Gallery, Vanderborght Building, Brussels (BE)
      May - Juin
    • FROCK GALLERY, Ypres (BE)
    • The Ceramics Congress Australia, key speaker
    • ProTon Workshop, Keramikmuseum Westerwald (DE)
    • 17ème Salon de la Céramique Contemporaine en Normandie, Pont de l’Arche (FR)
  • 2021

    • Art Ganic, galerie Kempro, Sterksel (NL)
      October- December
    •, Michelangelo Foundation (IT)
      4 September
    • ProTon workshop, Keramikmuseum Westerwald (DU)
    • COLLECTIBLE Salon, online Design Fair, booth Valcke Art Gallery
    • NVK Keramiek Triënnale, CODA-museum Apeldoorn (NL)
      March - May
  • 2020

    • Ceramics Monthly 2020 Emerging Artist
    • 'Morphoses', Valcke Art Gallery Gent (BE)
      March - October
    • 'Klei met een grote K!' keramiekcentrum, Tiendschuur Tegelen (NL)
      January - September
    • ProTon workshop, Keramikmuseum Westerwald (DU)
    • Kleisymposium, Veemgebouw Eindhoven (NL)
  • 2019

    • De Kunstkamer Delft (NE)
    • aca Eeklo (BE)
      October - November
    • Porselein Palet, Terra Delft Gallery (NL)
      September - October
    • ProTon workshop, Keramikmuseum Westerwald (DU)
    • Growing Golem, pop up studio Herentals (BE)
    • Galerie del Campo, Wijster (NL)
      March - June
    • Exposé; école des Arts de Braine-l’Alleud (BE)
    • Lezing, SASK Hasselt (BE)
  • 2018

    • Porzellan Biennale, Albrechtsburg Meissen (DE)
      July - November
    • Ceramic Art Andenne (BE)
      May - June
    • Porcelain Vases, ADGallery Antwerp (BE)
      March - June
    • ORIGINE, solo exhibition, kasteel Le Paige Herentals (BE)
    • Biennale Keramik'Art, Aux Ecuries Waterloo (BE)
  • 2017

    • International Ceramic Biennial, Haacht (BE)
    • Solo exhibition, Terra Delft Gallery (NL)
    • Salon Des Arts, Cosne-sur-Loire (FR)
    • Inspiration: Porzellan, Keramikmuseum Westerwald (DE)
    • Meister der Moderne 2017, Internationalen Handwerksmesse München (DE)
    • FOCUS:VESSEL (Naspa Prize), Keramikmuseum Westerwald (DE)
      June 2016 - February 2017
    • European Porcelain, Terra in China, Tree Art Museum, Beijing (CH)
      September 2016 - January 2017


  • Invited Artist In Residence at Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China

    Sept. 2016 + July 2014
  • Academy of Fine Arts, ceramics class

  • Masterclass with Gustavo Perez

  • Masterclass with Shozo Michikawa

  • Masterclass with Mieke Everaet

  • Training in ceramics by Geert Van der Borght

  • Master in Mathematics, University of Leuven



Ceramic Art and Design

Ceramic Art and Design

Delft (NL)
Contemporary Ceramics Brussels

Contemporary Ceramics Brussels

Brussels (BE)


St.-Quentin-la-Poterie (FR)
Le Don du Fel

Le Don du Fel

Aurillac (FR)
Valcke Art Gallery

Valcke Art Gallery

Ghent (BE)
FROCK gallery

FROCK gallery

Ypres (BE)


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