I stumbled upon Ernst Gamperi’s work while reading a news article on blouinartinfo.com. Any time I see anything mentioning the words Miami and #Basel together I must see what all the fuss is about. The article’s title mentioned 8 imaginative ceramic #designers, and of course doing my due diligence I took some time to look up the ones that appealed to me the most. As I started scrolling through the artwork I noticed that although some of these artists were creating pieces that look like ceramics, they were in fact made out of very different materials than your normal terracottas and porcelains. Gamperi’s work stood out to me the most, the way the bowls and vases curved with intricate details ingrained in the #wood he used to create them. Yes, I said wood. His pieces bent like the shapes you’d see thrown on a pottery wheel, yet were not made of the same materials potters use.
When I got to Gamperi’s website something about his smile and his innate way of seeming so relaxed in his lifestyle was literally jumping off the screen at me. I not only thought his work was beautiful and unique, but he just seemed like someone whose story I now absolutely had to know.
Gamperi was fortuitously turned to working on the #lathe rather unexpectedly while training in #carpentry. Since then he has embarked on a 20 year love affair honing his craft and truly getting to know his medium inside and out. He on some level has a relationship with his craft. He knows when to push and when to relax, never truly changing the rare shape of the wood’s being. He accentuates the wood’s natural beauty, leaving bulges and working around fractures. And in paying respect to #nature, he only works with wood that has already met its end and fallen from its rightful owner, never cutting anything down to create his passion.
“Gamperi’s early works display precision craftsmanship and clear cut design; his receptacles employ minimalistic, archaic forms and surfaces to bring out the beauty of the wood with compelling affect.”
His work is now showing in San Francisco at Hedge (www.hedgegallery.com).
To learn more about Ernst Gamperi’s work you can visit his website at http://www.ernst-gamperl.de