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Hugo Meert

Research into function, beauty and design led ceramicist Hugo Meert to create an entirely personal sphere of operation which oscillates between art and design, craft and industry. His passion for working with clay and porcelain pertains to continuous experimentation with ceramics. From a formal point of view, he walks the tightrope between sense and non-sense. While perpetuating ancestral technique and know-how, of which his mastery is remarkable, he never limits himself to technical virtuosity. In the last twenty years, this master of form and irony developed a famous collection of intruiging ceramics with a subtle touch of ‘terrar’. This commitment has won him many commissions and collaborations with famous contemporary artists. He is the recipient a number of prizes and awards in recognition of his work (including a Henry van de Velde quality label in 2005), and he teaches in a number of schools including ENSAV La Cambre. “Hugo Meert brings the frequently precarious position of ceramics taken up between arts and crafts to the point”

Text : Luk Lambrecht & Marie Pok

Exhibitions / Commissions / Awards


Main facts

Henry Van De Velde Awards , gallery Design Flanders, Brussels
European Triannual Ceramic & Glass, European Prize for Applied Arts,WCC-BF, Mons
XXth International Biannual Of Contemporary Ceramics Vallauris (F)
Je Suis Dada & Tales of Heroes, by Design Flanders, travelling exhibitions
Gallery Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels
Biennale di Ceramica nell’ Arte Contemporanea, Attese Edizione, Albisola (I)
Pier Luigi & Natalia Remotti Foundation, Genua (I) MUDAC, Lausanne (CH)
100% Design London (GB) Stockholm Furniture Fair (S)
Natural Playground, S. Bensimon Gallery, Paris (FR)
Design is Belgium at Salone del Mobili 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 Milano (I)
Belgian Spirit , Hong Kong (HK)
Fabrica – Mobile Museum, La Loge (B) & MUDAM (L)
Ultrabody », Castello Sforzesco, Milan (I)
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London (GB)
Contemporary Art & Design XX° & XXI°, Cornette de Saint Cyr, Brussels (B)
Intersections # 3, Atomium, Brussels (B)
Hands on Design, Designmuseum, Gent (B)
From Belgium with Light, CID Grand-Hornu (B)
Limits to Growth, CID Grand Hornu (B)
Serial Eater, CID Grand-Hornu (B)
Unbreakable, Keramis Museum (B)


Commissions & assignments for contemporary artists as Lili Dujouri, Michel Francois, Sisley Xhafa, Jan Vercruysse, Guillaume Bijl, Vaast Colson, Lawrence Weiner, Ann Veronica Janssens, Heimo Zobernig, Atelier Van Lieshout, Marti Guixé, Joelle Tuerlinckx, Hans Op De Beeck, Christophe Coppens, …


Studio Hugo Meert