Marieke Pauwels is Master of Visual Arts and currently Head of Department of Ceramics at the PXL-MAD School of Arts in Hasselt. She recently started PHD research at the same institute & UHasselt. Since 1989 Pauwels has run exhibitions at home and abroad, testing the conventions of her medium by exploring themes such as order and chaos, emptiness and form or matter and energy. The way these themes are broached is often inspired by a very oriental concern with the perpetual shifts in our dealings with matter. She has won a number of coveted international awards. A welcome guest speaker on the role and the future of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, she has lectured in Austria, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the UK. Residencies in Japan, the Netherlands and China continue to inspire her work. Pauwels has worked for nearly three decades as a teacher in Art Education. A number of articles on her work have been published.