Astrid Gerhartz is born in Aachen, Germany in 1962. Astrid studied ceramics in the reknown German Institute of Ceramics at Höhr-Grenzhausen and has been teaching at Rheinbach College since 1991. She lives and works in Bonn.
She makes thrown shapes in fine porcelain clay. She paints with shellac on the unburned chinaware, then wash away the uncovered surfaces with water. Thus some parts become thinner and more transparent than the others. She also decorates which best can be described as watercolor painting on porcelain.These techniques was once devised by Norwegian ceramist Arne Åse. She also uses water-soluble metal salts.
Her recent work has been influenced more by expression through form. In particular Gerhartz has been exploring with functional wares inspired by Japanese pottery and cuisine.
Afbeeldingen: Portrait Astrid Gerhartz (source Glasfachschule Rheinbach); 'Lanzerformen' (source Art.IST); four shapes (source Colombos).