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About Marieke

“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 years at University I found my way to express myself and where I work from the heart, creating animals 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 rent a small studio near by on a former dairy farm.



Animals have always been the main source of inspiration for my work. The differing ways that humans relate to animals are of particular interest to me. I want to make those relationship apparent in my work. Rather than introducing a human figure to the form of the animal, I prefer to imply more subtle human association; in this case a box made of clay, thin, almost like cardboard, evoking the association of something human made. As well as providing a human context from which to view the animal, the box helps to focus the observers attention. It is almost like a picture frame. It creates a space, a space to connect with the animal; a space to dissolve the boundaries made by lack of knowledge. This body of work led me to explore in depth the human animal studies, a subject that has evolved massively in the past 40 years. Throughout history, we have used animals as metaphors. Animals act as mediators for unconscious processes or to represent emotions; a yearning for nature, fierceness and freedom. Upon gazing at the form, my hope is that the viewer will experience feelings and/or emotions that are offered by the animal form, when in fact, the viewers response is prompted by, and then projected upon the animal. My hope is that this experience will cause the viewer to conciously contemplate the relatedness between humans and animals.

I choose materials that guarantee a high degree of consistency and stability. Clay unites the spontaneity and preservation of the gesture that is inscribed in the piece. Clay enables me to work intuitively. The process of making is very important, I am entirely with my sculptures, I get in touch. I find it the perfect medium.


curriculum vitae

*1984 Stuttgart, Germany
2006-2009 College for Ceramics, Landshut, Germany
2009-2010 Working Experience
with Nic Collins, England
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, Halle, Germany
08|2015 Newcomer Award, Manufacture for Ceramics, Karlsruhe, Germany
01|2016 relocation to Devon, UK. Self-employed Ceramic Artist
2016 Represented by Hybrid Gallery, Honiton, UK
01|2017 Associate Member of the Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey, UK

2018 Represented by Number Seven, Dulverton, UK


welcome to

the studio


I rent a small studio on the edge of Dartmoor in the National Park. Here I create my sculptures. The place is in the middle of nowhere in the Teighn valley, surrounded by woodlands, countless birds, the river Teign and the lake nearby. I find a lot of inspiration roaming my surroundings, where I find space to reflect and gather new ideas. I recently discovered a source of clay by the river that takes the stoneware temperature, and I love the idea to make use of these local materials. they bring a whole new dimension to my work.


find my work in the following




Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3LW


Shinner's Bridge, Dartington TQ9 6TQ


51 High St, Honiton EX14 1PW

15 Collingwood Rd, Northampton NN1 4RD


Elmfield House, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX


Greenhill House, 23 Fore St, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot TQ13 8LL


Past Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2017    Le Salon Vert, Rue Ancienne 15, CH-1227, Carouge/GE
2016    Galerie Rheinsberg, 16831 Rheinsberg, Rhinpassage/Rhinsstraße, Germany

Group Exhibitions

2017    Red Barn Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria
The Scottish Gallery, "The Miniaturists" Edinburgh
“Wild Things”, Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur Tegelen, NL
Kronengalerie, Froschaugasse 3, Zürich CH
Galerie Handwerk München, Galerie Handwerk, München, D
"Get Fresh 2017", Exhibition of emerging designer-makers from the South West, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon, UK

2016    "Present Makers 2016" Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon, UK
"Das kleine Format", Galerie am Platz des Friedens, Platz des Friedens 6, 63456 Hanau
Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Represented by Hybrid Gallery
Affordable Art Fair Bristol, Represented by Hybrid Gallery
"Ten Summers in the Country", Hybrid Gallery, Honiton, Devon
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, Represented by Hybrid Gallery

2015    "Das kleine Format", Ecke Galerie, Elias-Holl-Platz 6, 86150 Augsburg
"Leben und Tod", Gallery Labor im Chor, Schwäbisch Gmünd, D
Art Driburg, Burg Dringenberg, "Form Follows Failure"
Munich International Skilled Trades Fair, "Talente 2015"

If you would like my work in your Gallery, or for any other inquiries, please get in touch:


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I will be running weekly classes from Spring 2019. Also there is a possibility of weekend workshops which can be booked as one-offs for groups between 4-5 people. I offer hand-building/sculpting and decorating techniques.

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The Studio

Studio address:
The Old Dairy
Clifford Barton
Devon EX6 6QB





An ever changing sequence of fotos from my Instagram feed. Work in progress will be shown here, as well as newly completet pieces. I announce regular Shop updates on my Insta, also I update you on upcoming shows, exhibitions and courses.