a very strong tradition of ceramics. It was there that salt-glazing
was invented and where Böttger found the recipe for European
porcelain. German porcelain manufacturers (e.g. Rosenthal
have gained international recognition, if not prominence.
However, Germany's ceramic tradition has also been very strong
in the area of the studio potter, with many well-known potter artists
such as Hedwig Bollhagen, Rainer Doss, Beate Kuhn and many others.
The following is a selection of German ceramists represented on
Ursula Scheid's work reflects the
German design aesthetic, with a tendency to precise forms, geometry
and line work, and yet her forms have a great sense of fluidity
and balance about them.
Astrid Gerhartz has been making
a name for herself working in fine porcelain, often decorated with
water soluble metal salts. Her more
recent work has been influenced more by expression through form.
In particular Gerhartz has been exploring with functional wares
inspired by Japanese pottery and cuisine.
Jungbluth has a neatly designed homepage with buttons linking
to biographical info, a photo gallery, an exhibitions and market
page and a links page. Karin makes ceramic objects for the garden
and other ceramic sculptures and vessels, mainly in earthenware.
Heinsohn makes figurative ceramic
in relief, and fountains,
amongst other things.
Dorothee Wenz creates
whimsical figures with colorful monochrome decorations and wheel
thrown and altered vessels. Her work earnt her third prize in the
1997 CerCon Awards.
Beer creates soft, organic, often humanoid forms. Thumbnails
on her site lead to enlargements with explanations of materials
and techniques, sizes etc. Most of her work is glazed.
Bleichert's raku sculptures are also humanoid, but in a
quite different way. His tall-standing figures are loosely abstracted
but the human form is still quite recognizable. Again, thumbnails
lead to individual pages with details on the works.
Zimmermann also shares a fascination with the human
form. Her interpretation of it is a more naturalistic one.
Her handbuilt figurines are partly glazed, partly unglazed. Silvia
also makes vases,
bowls and other objects and makes some work in raku.
Braunweiler is another German artist working in the tradition
Although Ulla sees herself as a 'hobby potter', she has had an exhibition
of raku works, which was held in Mannheim, Germany. She has also
worked with paper
kilns, and pit-firing.
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