Koch, Gabriele

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Gabriele is born in 1948 in Lörrach, South Germany. Between 1967 and 1973 she visits the University of Heidelberg (degree in English, History, Political Science), followed by study and travels in Spain.
1974-77 Camden Institute, London
1977-78 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, King's College, London
1979-81 Goldsmiths College Diploma in Art & Design, Ceramics, London
1982 Crafts Council Setting –up Grant
1984 Crafts Council London Individual Grant
Biennale Internationale de Céramique d'Art Prize, Vallauris
1987-98 Visiting lecturer at Farnham School of Art
1998 Lecture tour, Israel, British Council
2009 Publication of Gabriele Koch Hand building and smoke firing by Tony Birks introduced by Sir David Attenborough
2011 Inaugural Rothschild Memorial Lecture: Gabriele Koch
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, UK


"In Ceramics, there is something that lies beyond skill and experience: it is passion, an intensity which is evident in the work of Gabriele Koch." Tony Birks.

Visit her website: www.gabrielekoch.co.uk

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'I am concentrating on simple forms, trying to integrate balance and tension, stillness and movement, expansion and the containment of volume. All pieces are hand built and some are burnished to achieve a tactile surface. In some pots I have incorporated texture to create a contrast between rough and burnished surface areas. The distinctive patterning which complements these burnished forms is achieved in a carefully organized secondary smoke firing. My most recent work sees a shift from low fired earthenware to high fired stoneware, combining rough black clay with white porcelain, giving me the opportunity to create strong graphic designs in contrasting colours.'

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All pics (website of the artist).