“Animals have always played a major role in my life. They are source of fascination and inspiration. Grown up in the countryside of south west Germany animals have been constant companions.”
Before studying Ceramic Art at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, Germany, I was trained as a potter in Landshut, Bavaria. It was very important to me to learn as much as I could about clay, designing my own slips and glazes, firing techniques and how to solve problems before my studies of Ceramic Art. In the five year Diploma course at University, I found a way to express myself, to work from the heart - creating animal sculptures and exploring the relationships between humans and (other) animals.
Since 2015 I live and work in Moretonhampstead, a small town located on Dartmoor, in the south west of England.
I generally build my sculptures solid, and hollow them out when they are leather hard. This allows me to work the piece with more eypression, I don’t have to be very careful when I add and substract clay in the process. I consider a piece finished when I can sense a feeling, an emotion, “something” coming across from the animals expression or gesture. This is possibly the most essential part of my work. By creating this kind of connection to my work and ultimately with my work and the viewer, I try to tighten the gap between humans and other animals, I seek to create a sense of essential relatedness between mammals. The equine and canine subject are of particular interest to me, their history and deep connection to human kind are fancinating and compelling to me.
*1984 Stuttgart, Germany
2006-2009 College for Ceramics, Landshut, Germany
2009-2010 Working Experience with Nic Collins, UK
2010-2015 Studies in Ceramic Art, Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design, Halle, Germany
06|2015 Diploma of Fine Art (Art/Sculpture/Ceramics), Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design
08|2015 Newcomer Award, Manufacture for Ceramics, Karlsruhe, Germany
12|2015 Relocation to Devon, UK. Self-employed Ceramic Artist
01|2017 Associate member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, UK
01|2019 Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, UK
08|2019 Preis der NEUEN KERAMIK, Internationalen Keramiktage Oldenburg, Germany
Find my work year round in these places:
Number Seven, Dulverton, UK
Harley Gallery, Welbeck, UK
Hybrid, Honiton, UK
Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead, UK
Wildwood Arts Dartmoor, Horrabridge, UK
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, UK
Studio Susanne Lukács-Ringel, D
Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, UK