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A lovely mottled green stoneware vase with additions by Belgian artist Rogier Vandeweghe for AMPHORA.

ROGIER VANDEWEGHE is a Belgian ceramicist, glass artist, calligrapher, and painter.  He was born in Ruiselede in West Flanders in 1923.  He received his artistic education in Sint-Lucas in Ghent (1940-1945); a short internship with Joost Maréchal in 1947 followed.  Soon thereafter Vandeweghe started a ceramics workshop in Aalter with his brother Laurent that developed into a larger company in Beernem.  Their studio was named 'Perignem' (by fire).  Rogier acted as the artistic director, designer, and glazer for the company; Laurent, who never received artistic training, took on several technical tasks.  In 1954 the production of stained glass windows began.  Vandeweghe left Perignem in 1955 to set up a new studio with his wife, Myranna Pyck (who had been working as a ceramic painter at Perignem).

AMPHORA was established by Rogier Vandweghe and his wife Myranna Pyck in 1955 under the name Atelier Rogier Vandeweghe to produce ceramics and stained glass in Sint-Andries near Bruges.  Starting modestly with two employees, namely a glazier and a handyman, the studio grew into a company with around 20 employees.  It was rechristened AMPHORA in 1960.  Ceramic production consisted entirely of hand-thrown vessels.  AMPHORA's modern forms, experimental firing techniques, and extremely subtle glazes developed in-house rapidly earned it an international reputation.

Participation in major contemporary exhibitions led to numerous awards:  second prize at the Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica in Monza, Italy, in 1960; a prize at the Internationale Handwerkmesse in Munich in 1963; the 'Medaglia d'Oro della Presidenza del Senato' at the Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d'Arte in Faenza in 1964.  Such honors led to acquisitions by leading ceramic museums across Europe.  In 1975 all production ceased, and the studio faded into obscurity.

Production Period – 1965-1974

Country of Origin – WEST GERMANY

Designer – ROGIER VANDEWEGHE (B. 1923)


Attribution – MARKED

Materials – CERAMIC

Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)

Height (cm) – 28.5

Diameter (cm) – 22.0

Quantity Available – 1