I live and create in New Zealand (Aotearoa) from New Zealand clay. Clay is collected from “Mother Earth”, Papatuanuku.
Clay is an ancient material. Our ancestors from a very long time ago, ten thousands of years, had already discovered its functionality. The oldest ceramics art products date back about 28,000 years ago. In Maori mythology as in other mythologies around the world, the first humans were formed from clay. It is a sacred material in that way.
I first laid my hands on clay as a young girl during a pottery class in a little town in the Southwest of Germany that I grew up in. I took arts as a major subject at school and graduated with a sculpture work in clay. I went on to study law and forgot all about clay and sculpting. Until, 15 years later, I took time off from my legal work and somehow found myself in the South of Italy, learning to sculpt in clay from an Argentinian master sculptor. After that, and having volunteered with a designer of household objects in Switzerland, I went back to work as a lawyer in Germany once more. Since my passion had been awoken, I made sure to spend my weekends sculpting under the supervision of a German master sculptor.
When I moved to New Zealand in 2017, one of the first things I did was order clay and find myself a kiln that I could use to fire my art. Before I knew it, I was part of the local pottery club and learned how to throw pottery on the wheel from a very skilled 84-year-old potterer. Two years on, I quit my office job and am sharing my ceramic artworks with the world. I truly enjoy throwing on the wheel and continuously learn more about it. I love how versatile clay is, and the functionality of objects thrown on the wheel for our everyday life.
The connection which ceramics bring to the four elements Earth, Water, Air and Fire touch me deeply in my very ancient roots. My wish is that it does the same for you.
I love filling my creations with energy that brings love and joy to your home. May it help you to be grounded, inspired, connected to the strength of Aotearoa, and filled with love and joy.