Gabriele Koch

Gaby trained in Ceramics at Goldsmiths College and established her studio in 1982 with the help of a Crafts Council Setting-up Grant. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and America, and China, and her work is represented worldwide in private and public collections.

There was perhaps a meeting of the ancient and the modern, the rural and the urban that led to the making of simple forms, trying to integrate balance and tension, stillness and movement, precision and spontaneity. The concept of the vessel is central to her work, hoping to create associations of sharing, ritual and celebration, reminders of our humanity, our history and connection with nature.

Her recent work has seen a shift to low fired stoneware. Her inspiration for this came from looking at geological landscape and how different layers of sediment combine in rock formations, leading to the idea of combining quite opposite materials like stoneware clay and porcelain, while still celebrating the feel of unglazed clay.

Her work is in constant development exploring different materials and surfaces. All pieces are hand-built, some pieces are burnished and low fired earthenware, most pieces are fired multiple times to a low stoneware temperature.