Portrait Ramon Clapers

Ramon Clapers

Ramon Clapers is a sculptor living and working in Barcelona. With strength and determination he explores the forms of volume by using wood as the prime material.

What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
Starting with rebellion. It’s a concept often used by artists and critics and I personally find it very hypocritical. It seems very good to fight against an unfair world and want to move consciousness, but not from the distance. I think art should be the honest expression of the artist. My rebellion is against myself and that makes me never satisfied with everything I do and encourages myself to improve.

Do you think dishware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
Improve… I don’t think so. Evolve yes, as it is doing since mankind is mankind and since we need something more than our own hands. What we are doing is looking for a new approach to improve culinary experiences in accordance with a very specific way of understanding the philosophy of cooking, and this is one more evolutionary step.

What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
I was inspired by the magic of alchemy, that research that gives more results than expected and with the generosity of nature to have us provided.

Describe your work in 3 words!
Organic. Dynamic. Irreverent.

What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
The almost only material I use is wood, with different types of finishes like waxes and varnishes.

What are you working on right now? What further ambitions do you have?
Right now I am on a crossroad. I do not like anything I do, I do not like repeating myself. I can’t be more sincere. That is why I intend to find that thread that motivates me to continue working.

What has been your favourite dinner experience?
I enjoy a lot being at events with friends or relatives where everyone, or almost everyone, collaborates. I like the expectation of what could come out and the joy that it can bring.

What are you 3 favourite pieces on Jouw…?
The Burnt Wood Plates by Jasmin Matzakow, the Moment Plates and Spoons by Joo Hyung Park, and the Spoons by Stuart Cairns.