When did you start working in ceramics?
I started turning ceramics in 1980. The equipment of my workplace at that time included a potter's wheel. In my free time, I was able to work in order to strive after my childhood dream. In 1984, I opened my own workshop in Radolfzell where I make utility ceramics.
Did you receive a formal education in your craft?
No, I studied art and technology at the Pädagogisches Fachinstitut in Stuttgart. My skills have developed through practise, over decades. I learn something new every day that I work with clay. But I have also done a lot of research on ancient firing techniques and read a lot.
Where has this lead you?
In 1987, I moved to the Black Forest. Where I was finally able to experiment with open fires and various types of wood fires. I could put my knowledge to practice. That was the beginning of a great passion and brought a new dimension to my works.
What is the effect of wood firing?
In the fire together with wood shavings and other plant parts, unique drawings are created on the surface, ranging from shimmering coal-black to gossamer rust. This enigmatic, natural coating is a deliberate contrast to the simple abstract shapes, equally archaic as modern.