Ineke Heerkens

Ineke Heerkens’ jewellery is concerned with the translation of movement into material and form. An astute observer, she registers both the everyday and the accidental and uses these observations to structure a narrative around her work. Using textiles and clay, Ineke creates dynamic accumulations that she pieces together like a jigsaw to create her necklaces. Her aesthetic is organic and the directness of clay, its inherently tactile and unpredictable qualities, afford her a spontaneous approach and a literal translation of movement in material. 

Ineke was born in Tilburg in the Netherlands in 1977. She studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and since graduating has completed a number of residencies, amongst them Sundaymorning@ekwc, the European Ceramic Work Centre in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and most recently at the 92nd Street Y in New York.  Her work is exhibited internationally and is represented in public collections including the Marzee Collection, CODA Museum and the TextielMuseum Tilburg.