These vessels are ever tangible, powerfully forceful, fascinating the beholder, who always discovers something new, something different, something never seen before… Gamperl’s great secret lies in the way he seems able to playfully conjure an infinite array of new facets from his medium.’ (Prof. Dr Florian Hufnagl, The International Design Museum – Neue Sammlung, Germany).


Master craftsman Ernst Gamperl has revolutionised the practice of wood turning by developing entirely new modes of working that push it to its technical limits. The artist principally uses the mighty European Oak tree and carefully selects his immense logs from sustainable sources – either from trees that could not stand their ground against the wind or were felled due to decay.


Ernst turns the oak when it’s green and supple, to work in dialogue with the wood before arriving at a final shape; he is an expert in its drying properties and prophetically reads its movement as the sculpture finds its undulating form. The artist eschews uniformity and celebrates the imperfections present in the material, which tell the story of the tree’s momentous life and energy; the curved edges and bulges, the projections and indentations that emerge out of the natural deformation of the wood are an essential part of Ernst’s design. The immanent expressive power of the material is underscored by Ernst’s treatment of the surfaces: waxing and polishing, scrubbing out the streaks or carving filigree parallel grooves like velvet, contrasting smooth and shiny areas with rough-hewn, deeply scarred sections. These enriching elements draw us ever closer to the piece; the profundity of the work lies in Ernst’s ability to mine the emotional resonance that lies within the wood.


Ernst won the first Loewe Craft Prize in 2017 in recognition of his craftsmanship. His work is part of many international collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; Fond National d’art Contemporain France; Museé des Arts Décoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne, Switzerland; The International Design Museum/Neue Sammlung, Germany; Collection Issey Miyake, Japan; and Amorepacific Museum of Art, South Korea. His solo museum exhibition, Dialogue with Wood, opened at the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur in Switzerland in 2019 and toured to the Korean Craft Museum in Spring 2020. 

  • Ernst Gamperl, 53/2022//180, 2022
    Ernst Gamperl
    53/2022//180, 2022
    98 H x 47 W x 47 D cm
    38.58 H x 18.5 W x 18.5 D In
  • Ernst Gamperl, 8/2021//180, 2021
    Ernst Gamperl
    8/2021//180, 2021
    Curly Maple
    72 H x 46 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl, 29/2020//180, 2021
    Ernst Gamperl
    29/2020//180, 2021
    77 H x 51 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl, 47/2020//190, 2020
    Ernst Gamperl
    47/2020//190, 2020
    99 H x 33 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl, 40/2020//170, 2020
    Ernst Gamperl
    40/2020//170, 2020
    70 H x 34 ø cm /
    27.56 H x 13.39 ø In
  • Ernst Gamperl, 44/2020//220, 2020
    Ernst Gamperl
    44/2020//220, 2020
    Oak, 10 butterfly keys
    82 H x 64 W x 73 D cm
  • Ernst Gamperl, Oak Vessels, 2019
    Ernst Gamperl
    Oak Vessels, 2019
    Dimensions variable
  • Ernst Gamperl, 64/2019/80 , 2019
    Ernst Gamperl
    64/2019/80 , 2019
    83 x 38 ⌀ cm
  • Ernst Gamperl, 63/2019/120, 2019
    Ernst Gamperl
    63/2019/120, 2019
    74 H x 36 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl, 61/2019/100 (Left in image), 2019
    Ernst Gamperl
    61/2019/100 (Left in image), 2019
    109 H x 31 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl, 31/2018//120, 2018
    Ernst Gamperl
    31/2018//120, 2018
    72 H x 35 ø cm / 28 x 13.5 in
  • Ernst Gamperl, Vessels, 2018
    Ernst Gamperl
    Vessels, 2018
    Heights from 64 to 82 cm
Installation shots