Prospect in english
From the beginning I was fascinated by simple and clear forms, but with the throwing on the wheel the types of forms are limited. In 1999 I met Paulus Berensohn (author of "Finding one's way with clay") and he showed me the great variety of forms you can accomplish by pinching.
I start all forms from a ball of clay and they grow in an alternating
process of being pinched and letting them dry to their final form. The ball
of clay can already exist of different coloured clays, so that the final
colour and pattern show while pinching. Other pieces are smoothed and
polished with a special stone and then fired in a smokefire with sawdust,
different natural materials (like seaweed and rosebuds) and colouring
The pieces with coloured clays are fired either in an electric or in a woodfired kiln (ceramics oven) at 1260°C. In my woodfired kiln I also fire pieces with ash-deposits and salt-traces.
For pinching you can use many different clays or even porcelain. I love to experiment with all these materials and also to give the fire element a part in the final result. So the total process is a cooperation between the elements earth/water and fire/air and my dialogue with them.
In the pinch technique I can also produce tableware like cups, teapots, bowls, containers and goblets for drinking wine.
|1967 - 1972||Teacher education for middle school.|
|1973 - 1977||Studies at the art college in Kiel (Germany) with Johannes Gebhardt and Jan Koblasa, received a Design diploma.|
|1977 - 1978||Studies at the art university in Stuttgart (Germany).|
|1978 - 1986||Own studio in Berlin together with Jimmy Clark (1987-2000 Director of the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, USA) and others. Member of Bund Bildender Künster (BBK) and Art Craft Association in Berlin. Participation in Messe Frankfurt on the Main and in different exhibitions and competitions.|
|1981||Received the permission to teach apprentices.|
|1989||Start of a new studio in Mühlacker-Mühlhausen (Germany).|
|1999 / 2001||Multiple trips to the USA to study with Paulus Berensohn (author of the book "Finding one's Way with clay") and afterwards more engagement in giving workshops and teaching at schools.|
|Since 2003||Proofreading for various ceramic books. Many solo and group exhibitions internationally.|
I offer courses in the pinch technique in my studio and other places. The current program of courses you can find on my website: