Since establishing her studio in 1982 Gabriele Koch’s ceramics have become increasingly admired by collectors worldwide. Previously working with smoke firing processes, Koch’s recent work has developed a more graphic language which draws inspiration from the geology of a place and how the different layers of sediment combine in rock formations. Exploration with new techniques and materials, have seen her combine heavy black clay with white porcelain, working with texture and pale slips over dark clay to create new pieces that exude a compelling quietude.
“We aim for perfection and celebrate imperfections as they can bring surprises and differences which help to keep our work and our relationship with it exciting.”
“Through my education, practice and persistence I have developed a unique method with an aim of utilising the versatility of clay to its potential.”
“My making process is a daily repetition in a calm and quiet place. My work is a reflection of thoughts and sensibility in these moments of making.”
“I am wary of having a formula, thinking I have cracked the code… The feeling of satisfaction is surely my enemy. I need to stay focused on trying to create work that has real freedom in it, freedom from materials, method or mentality.”