Statement

At the Congress of the International Ceramics Academy in Barcelona 2016 an interesting question was discussed: ceramic – is it a premodern or a postmodern material? If you look at the inherent qualities of ceramic you see that its basic material, clay, is cheap, and there are local deposits all over the world. In addition, clay is one of the most shapeable materials and it can be recycled in an eco-friendly way. So ceramic satisfies all our demands for sustainability. Architects become increasingly interested in the sustainable and aesthetic qualities of ceramics for future construction and design; for instance, Sydney Opera is completely covered by ceramic tiles that were produced exclusively for this building.

Using local and raw materials I was interested in since the beginning of my ceramic studies in the USA. Furthermore clay is the material to take impressions and marks on its surface and preserve it by the fireing process. In Glen Echo/Washington DC where I studied, the ceramic tradition of Japan was highly valued. It is characterized by strong feelings for the material and the visibility of the production process. The imperfect and the accidental are being looked at as aesthetic qualities. Nature and its processes are the enigmatic resources for it.

My ceramic pieces are handbuilt and not produced on the wheel. They are not completely symmetrical, they seek their balance in the process of building. The open or closed shapes of the vessels appear powerful. The matt surfaces are freely painted or show reliefs and marks of different kinds. The color-material is regional, from southern Germany and the neighboring countries. This contributes to the special range of colors and the uniqueness of each piece.

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