Originally from Germany I moved to California in 2008. Coming from a cold climate zone with long winters I immediately enjoyed the warm weather and abundance of nature and plants in my new home place. I started to take classes in floral design and Ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arrangement) and work at the Huntington Gardens as a gardener. My initial approach to ceramics was to create my own planters to display my various plants, especially succulents, for which I have developed a passion over the years. Eventually I got so indulged in making pottery that it became an end in itself, and is now playing a major role in my life, next to my family. Finding a balance between pottery and family - with my two twin toddlers - has been a challenge, but is fulfilling and rewarding at the same time.
Nature is still the strongest influence in my work. I am combining ceramics with floral and plant design with a focus on simplicity. Surfaces of my ceramic pieces are often left unglazed to accentuate the natural beauty and earthy appearance of the clay. Others have a texture that resembles lichen, as they grow on boulders in nature, or salt flats, as found in remote areas such as Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, and the Altiplano in the Andes, South America. My pieces are wheel-thrown, hand-built, or a combination of both, and organic in shape. My work comprises vessels for succulents and air plants, vases, mugs, lidded jars, and sculptures.
I am based in Pasadena, California where I am working out of my home, or, at times, other community pottery studios in the area. My pieces can be purchased at several events in Southern California, and from my Etsy shop. Follow me on Instagram for the latest images and updates about my work.