is skill in work
I was born in 1961 in Germany. After school education I worked as an elementary school teacher and social worker in various institutions. Following this, I have been running a health food store together with some friends, in the belief that it was possible to change life and man by changing their food habits. Searching for a deeper understanding of the human soul, I started studying psychology at a German university, but discontinued when I came to India in 1989 in order to join Auroville.
one year in Auroville, I started to learn clay work at the Shilpika pottery
run by Michel Hutin and Angad Vohra. Throwing pottery at the wheel kept
me fascinated for years, very much also as a tool to centre myself, and
to learn to reach a deeper concentration.
For many years we were busy with woodfired stoneware, mainly tableware, glazed and fired at 1300º Celsius. With all the usual technical and physical difficulties and challenges, it took us quite a few years before we reached a large variety of reliable glazes.
As the burnishing and polishing of each individual Smokefired piece requires much time and energy, I veered somewhat away from utilitarian wares and started to do more 'unfunctional' work with the emphasis on the inner meaning of shapes.
my aim is to let every-day-life experiences that carve our inner being
show through in the clay work.
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