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Sebastian Scheid

  • Ceramicist
  • Büdingen, Germany
  • Master Artisan
Sebastian Scheid Ceramicist
Contact
German, English, Japanese
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+49 60416019
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A free spirit

  • • Sebastian took over his parents' workshop
  • • Beating clay with a structured batten is his signature technique
  • • He recommends learning from a variety of master craftspeople

Sebastian Scheid’s ceramic style matches old conventions with craftmanship and freedom. It all started with his parents turning the family farmhouse into a pottery workshop. As an adolescent, Sebastian began to travel the world, studying different styles. He acquired traditional skills working in English workshops, explored his more artistic side during an internship in the United States, and honed his craft skills by spending time in Japan. “These stays, away from the daily operations at home, gave me the courage to be free when engaging with the material,” Scheid says. “My approach to objects is that of a sculptor rather than a potter.” His works show their materiality and feature rough surfaces with precise processing details, like the beats made with a structured batten.

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Works

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Photo: ©Sebastian Scheid
Lidded box

This lidded box is made from a solid block of stoneware clay. The structured surface is achieved by striking the block with a batten. Each strike leaves a mark in the clay. Later on, the lid is separated and the interior of the box is hollowed out using various knives and scrapers. The piece is glazed with a brown-green glaze on the outside and a light green glaze on the inside and fired in a gas kiln at 1280°C.

Length 24 cm
Width 23 cm
Height 28 cm

Photo: ©Sebastian Scheid
Lidded box

This lidded box is made from a solid block of stoneware clay. The structured surface is achieved by cutting the block with a thin wire cutter. Later on, the lid is separated and the interior of the box is hollowed out using various knives and scrapers. The piece is glazed with a yellowish glaze on the outside and a light green glaze on the inside and fired in a gas kiln at 1280°C.

Length 29 cm
Width 14.5 cm
Height 14.5 cm

Photo: ©Sebastian Scheid
Atrium

This Atrium sculpture is made from a solid block of stoneware clay. The inside shape is hollowed out using various knives and scrapers. Afterwards the outside shape is cut with a thin wire cutter. The piece is glazed with grey glaze on the outside and a light green glaze on the inside and fired in a gas kiln at 1280°C.

Length 24 cm
Width 22 cm
Height 12.5 cm

Photo: ©Sebastian Scheid
Group of tall vessels

The group of tall vessels is made from slabs of stoneware clay. The structured surface is achieved by striking the vessel with a batten. Each strike leaves a mark in the clay. An inside casing prevents the shape from collapsing while striking the clay with the batten. The pieces are glazed with brown, yellow and a grey glaze on the outside and a light green glaze on the inside and fired in a gas kiln at 1280°C.

Diameter 18 cm
Width 22 cm
Height 55-66 cm

Photo: ©Sebastian Scheid
Vessel

This square vessel is made from a solid block of stoneware clay. The structured surface is achieved by striking the block with a batten. Each strike leaves a mark in the clay. The inside shape is hollowed out using various knives and scrapers. The piece is glazed with a brown-green glaze on the outside and a light glaze on the inside and fired in a gas kiln at 1280°C.

Length 23 cm
Width 23 cm
Height 32.5 cm

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