Helga Ritsch

“I work mainly with porcelain and stoneware and make hand thrown vessels.They create a delicate atmosphere, an unsophisticated mood – sometimes an illusion: I try to give my surroundings a touch of beauty. Even if it is only for a tiny moment.

I found clay many decades ago and I made a first tea pot, when I was 17 years old. My teacher at the time, Ms Liu, showed me how. I still shapes clay into vessels: This distracts me and helps to bear many things better.

Whether as an individual piece or as a group of works – I try to find shapes, details and surfaces that irritate, awake your imagination, sometimes enchant, also make you think and burn into your memory: My vessels are border crossers and define ceramics differently.

For this to hopefully succeed, I need most of my energy and time: I work slowly, destroy a lot, start all over again. Take breaks. Fractions belong to my path, as do the unexpected and the unconventional.

Anyone who can endure this is right with me.”



Born in Switzerland. Studios in Soazza and Zurich.

Trained as a ceramist with Master ceramist Mathies Schwarze

University of Zurich: Art History/German Philology/ Philosophy (MA)

ETH Zurich: Architecture Department (BA)

Working as an independent artist since 1998. Member of the Swiss Ceramics Association “swissceramics”.




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