Berlin ceramic creativities by 3

 

Berlin has a reputation for contrasts, both culturally and politically, and the Cold War wall that divided the city exemplified this. The 1920‘s was an era in Berlin that saw a lot of writers and artists drawn to the city for its freer culture, bohemian activities and it being one of the centres of German Expressionism, which was displayed in painting, cinema, architecture, dance and sculpture.
Three contrasting ceramic artists with a background in Berlin are considered in this article; Elvira Bach and Hinrich Kroeger, who create unique, fanciful, edgy art and ceramics that encapsulates shades of Berlin’s risque past and Andreas Rauch, who has pottery of elegant design and simplicity.

 

Elvira Bach

 

Elvira Bach was a member of the 70‘s Junge Wilde art movement, prominent for their expressive paintings in bright, intense colors with quick, broad brushstrokes and their desire to establish an innovative figurative, emotional and subjective form of art. Her postmodernist art features bold, colourful images that leans towards being a diaristic self portraiture. Bach expresses subjective themes in vigorous, even aggressive pictorial images, expressed in a sensually bright palette and clearly defined angular forms. Her self representational pieces also feature re-occurring symbolism such as serpents, strawberries and even pottery. She interweaves a melange of her everyday persona from the artist to the domestic and the erotic into her imagery, blurring art, subject and object. Her confrontational works hark back to the era of Berlin’s provocative cabaret scene where freedom of expression was prolific.

 

 

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Elvira Bach glass sculpture

 

 

 

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Elvira Bach in studio

 

 

Reclining woman sculpture - Berliner---2008 by Elvira Bach

Reclining female sculpture – ‘Berliner’ – Elvira Bach

 

 

 

 

 

Elvira-Bach charger with 5 female heads motif

Elvira Bach charger

 

 

 

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Elvira Bach wood bust sculpture

 

 

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Elvira Bach – glass female head

 

 

 

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Female and serpent sculpture from the ‘Other Eve’ series – Elvira Bach

 

 

 

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Elvira charger

 

 

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Elvira Bach

 

 

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Elvira Bach teapot

 

 

 

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‘Radish Red’ – Elvira Bach

‘The Other Eve’ series

 

 

 

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‘Floral Dreams’ – Elvira Bach

Giclee on heavy, handmade cotton paper
2014

 

 

 

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Elvira Bach and her sculptures

 

 

 

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Elvira Bach

 

 

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Elvira Bach

 

 

 

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Elvira Bach

 

 

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‘China Girl’ – Elvira Bach

 

 

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‘Kitchen Diva DeLuxe’ – Elvira Bach

 

 

 

Yellow vase with standing female motif by Elvira Bach

Elvira Bach vase

 

 

 

Teapot-2002 Crawling female with a teapot on her back - Elvira Bach

‘Teapot’ – Elvira Bach

 

 

THREE-VASES---2001 - painting by Elvira Bach

‘Three Vases’ – Elvira Bach

 

 

Black and white horizontally striped vase with yellow face portrait motifs by Elvira Bach

Striped baluster vase – Elvira Bach

 

 

 

 

Andreas Rauch

 

The potters wheel for Andeas is continually a source of stimulus that demands and provides both mental and physical balance. He believes the creative process of clay is a challenge of earthly gravity and the consideration of abstract and linear constructs in space, on both the outside and the inside of a vessel. He began his occupational training to become a ceramist in Berlin in 1985, which was followed by freelance work in artisanal pottery factories and artistic workshops for ceramics and sculpture. In 1991 he commenced working as an art teacher in a youth school project in Berlin which wa followed by a study tour in the USA in 1992.  He opened his own workshop in Berlin in 1993, which included regular artistic collaborations with painters, sculptors and artist projects. From 1997 he became the artistic and technical director of the ceramics workshop of the Professional Association of Visual Artists, Berlin. Since 2007 he has resided in Munich where he continues to produce ceramic art.

 

 

Andreas-Rauch - carved and incised vase with glazed top and terracotta base

Andreas Rauch

 

 

 

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Andreas Rauch

 

 

 

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Andreas Rauch striped pottery vessel

 

 

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Andreas Rauch contemporary vessel

 

 

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Large ceramic floor vessel – Andreas Rauch

 

 

 

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Large ceramic planter – Andreas Rauch

 

 

 

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Andreas Rauch planter

 

 

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Andreas Rauch

 

 

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Ceramic sphere sculpture – Andreas Rauch

 

 

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Andrea Rauch outdoor sculpture

 

 

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Andreas Rauch ceramic sculpture

 

 

 

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Andreas Rauch bowl

 

 

 

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Blue bowl — Andreas Rauch

 

 

 

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Two black vases by Andreas Rauch

 

 

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Andreas Rauch

 

 

 

Hinrich Kroeger

Berlin and  NY

Hinrich Kroeger skillfully combines decorative themes of beauty with the eccentric, erotic and enigmatic along with folk art in his ceramic narratives, including playful images of pugs, greyhounds and poodles. His work as a ceramist is a synthesis of visual art and form, where he skillfully and whimsically combines elements of painting with the shapes of pottery.  Hinrich Kröger has been producing and exhibiting his art since 1995, paintings on ceramics, sculptures made from clay, drawings and more, all expressing his vivid imagination infused with originality. Hinrich Kröger opened his showroom on Gipsstrasse, Berlin, back in 1996, long before the area became known as the city’s gallery district

 

Hinrich-kroeger Pugs with umbrellas vase

 Pugs vessel – Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

 

Hinrich-Kroeger tea bowl

Hinrich Kroeger porcelain tea bowl

 

 

Hinrich-Kroeger--Poodle tea set

Poodle tea set – Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

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Hinrich Kroeger tea bowl

 

 

 

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Bird vase Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

 

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Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

 

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Baluster ‘Love’ vase Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

 

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Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

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‘Sighthounds’ Fayence & Gold ,Vase – Hinrich Kroeger

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Hinrich Kroeger (left) at his Berlin atelier/shop

 

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Hare tea bowl – Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

Hinrich Kroeger-baluster flamingo vase

Flamingo vase – Hinrich Kroeger

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Hinrich Kroeger Atelier/Shop, Berlin

 

 

 

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‘Moulin Rouge Tea Service’ – Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

 

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Hinrich Kroeger – baluster vase

 

 

 

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Pair of “Golden Pug” vases – Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

 

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‘Teeschale’ – Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

 

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Hinrich Kroeger bird vase

 

 

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Hinrich Kroeger ceramic sculpture

 

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The golden pug tea service

 

 

 

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Golden Pug tea cup

 

 

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Hinrich Kroeger

Photograph © Hinrich Kroeger

Exhibition “Als das Meer versandete” by the artist Hinrich Kröger.

Saturday 17th September to Saturday 3rd December

Special opening hours during Berlin Art Week: daily (except Friday), 01:00 – 07:00 p.m.

In his gallery studio “Atelier Hinrich Kröger” at Gipsstraße in Mitte, also known as “Volkskunst Berlin”, the artist shows detailed and imaginative faiences and statuettes by the artist.

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More art from Berlin –

 

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Large octopus – Kuehn Keramik

 

 

 German painter - Ernst-Ludwig-Kirchner--Posttdamer-Platz

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner– ‘Potsdamer Platz’

 

 

 

Jeanne-Mammen-Berlin painting

‘Waiting at the Bridge’ , 1931 by Albert Birkle

 

 

 

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German Expressionist set by César Klein, for the movie ‘Genuine – A Tale of a Vampire’

1922

 

 

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Berlin street art – YAAM  (Youth African Arts Market)

 

 

 
 

 

 

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