I never give up on anything. It is exciting to experience, how seemingly failed pieces of work on my potter’s wheel, or drying, not yet fired dishes that I knocked over, can still be the starting point of something new and unplanned, which sometimes ended up better than anything else I had made until that point. This is reflected by feedback from customers who are often particularly intrigued by those works.
“The entirety of a human being is present in their hand.” Prof Heinz Deuser
I mainly work with stoneware clay from the Westerwald region in Germany, particularly for crafting dishes and pots. On the other hand, for modelling work, I experiment with several varieties of clay, for example from Spain. I am mixing my own glazes after careful testing of the optimum ratio of the raw materials. I use a firing temperature of 1240-1280°C. The fired ceramics are impermeable, can withstand frost, and are also dishwasher safe. Building on my resources, I am learning continually.
My hands are my principal tool. Often, they guide me better than my conscious planning, designing, and expectations. My bones are made of copper and cherrywood and I have been using them since the first days of my pottery training. It is amazing that I can do everything I want with a set of tools that would fit into a rolled-up sheet of paper. I particularly appreciate high-quality goat hair brushes and beautifully finished China brushes.
Beauty is a fact. Beauty is the source of the joy of living and offers consolation. I try to give an answer to the elements in the world that spark my curiosity. My experience supports me on this ongoing journey.