Amsterdam / Netherlands
Born in 1961
It is the earth that not only provides us a place to live, but also air to breathe, water to drink and food to eat. Ceramic jewellery is made from the same material that made us: most precious fertile earth. We have been using clay to adorn ourselves with since the dawn of man. In his work Peter Hoogeboom returns to the use of clay for body decoration, be it clay in its fired state, which seems to be reserved for tableware in contemporary design.
Peter Hoogeboom started using ceramics in his jewellery design in 1994. He was one of the first jewellers to introduce ceramics into contemporary jewellery design, resulting in the collection -Handle with Care-, a title that underlined the transitoriness of the bowls and jugs his jewellery consisted of.
Instead of using massive beads, in each new collection, Peter Hoogeboom finds new ways to make ceramics supple and wearable. Using poured hollow elements contributes to a lighter weight and keeping them relatively small and/or closed adds to their strength. Peter keeps links to the use of ceramics as a container, the other use of clay as old as mankind. Sometimes his love for travel and ethnographics is visible in the shape of the little bowls and jugs, but especially the repetition and the rhythm of the elements contribute to an etno feel of work that is entirely contemporary at the same time.
The collection -Year of the Ox- tells about the Chinese origins of ceramics and about the way ceramics and foods were and still are packed and exported all over the world. The wearer of the necklaces and brooches in this collection becomes the carrier of the merchandise.
In his collection -Earthen Adornments- Peter Hoogeboom returns to his roots, the Netherlands: low-lying self made lands of clay reclaimed from the sea, lakes and estuaries. The works in this collection are pieces of jewellery appropriate for a hard working people of growers, made from the soil they stand in grow their crops on.
Peter Hoogeboom (born 1961, Leiden, Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. www.peterhoogeboom.nl