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Martin Schlotz

Martin Schlotz Ceramicist
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German, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+49 176 5222 0119
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Almost like magic

  • • Martin works on a potter’s wheel
  • • He uses a vast variety of glazes and clays in his work
  • • He enjoys the responsive nature of the material

“This is magic” was the first thought of 17-year old Martin Schlotz when he witnessed the work of a ceramicist for the first time, creating a vessel out of a lump of clay. A year later he had built himself a simple foot-operated potter's wheel in his parents' tiny shed and started working on his own. “It is almost surreal when a vessel grows in size and form with just a gentle movement of the hand and the rotation of the disc,” he says. Time spent in France and at the Freie Kunstschule Nürtingen in Germany helped Martin broaden his knowledge and intensify his work. But it was working under the guidance of ceramicist Volker Ellwanger that had a lasting influence on the unique aesthetic Martin is known for today, which he describes as “formally strict, but sensitive in material and surface”.

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Works

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  • © Martin Schlotz
  • © Martin Schlotz
  • © Martin Schlotz
  • © Martin Schlotz
Photo: © Martin Schlotz
Vessel No. 2030

Martin’s aim in crafting this porcelain vessel was to create a colour gradient ranging from black to white, without the usual warm tones of clay. The burnished vase combines fine white porcelain on grey grogged porcelain, with sections covered by Limoges black and white slip. This singular surface evokes different senses of rhythmic form, colour and materials.

Height 148 mm

Photo: © Martin Schlotz
Vessel No. 2598

This piece is one of Martin’s “Yellow” series. A fortuitous accident during the firing of this wheel-thrown vessel resulted in the bubble-like effect of the yellow glaze. The regularity of the bubbles and their vibrant colour make a strong statement and contrast with the earthenware surface left visible.

Height 157 mm

Photo: © Martin Schlotz
Vessel No. 2710

Martin’s series of black vessels draws its inspiration from Central African Dogon sculptures, with traces of ancient rituals and clear contours. Martin created a rough surface while shaping the vessel then pressed fire clay into it. The resulting rough and smooth textures react differently in the kiln, producing the final interplay of brown-black hues.

Height 395 mm

Photo: © Martin Schlotz
Vessel No. 2736

The bubble-like effect of this piece in Martin’s Yellow series was created by combining two glazes when firing the wheel-thrown vessel. The regularity of the bubbles and the vibrant colours of the glaze make a strong visual statement.

Height 172 mm

Photo: © Martin Schlotz
Vessel No. 2760

This is one of the “Heavy Weight” series, which was conceived to push the limits of vastness. The thick-walled wheel-thrown vessels, with different inner and outer shapes, are covered with two interacting glazes that mix glossy and crystal surfaces. The glaze flows down the exterior, where it is interrupted by several horizontal segments and becomes thinner on the edges. On the inner surface, always hotter in the firing, the glaze runs down to form a lake at the bottom.

Height 149 mm

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