The works of international artists accompany visitors through the exhibition GefäßErweiterung, a voyage of discovery through time, a sensual experience of glazes and surfaces of fired earths. A demonstration of artistic freedom.
Vessels have been essential parts of cultural history for millennia, so it’s not surprising that anatomical terms such as “foot”, “belly”, “shoulder” and “neck” are used to describe the shapes and parts of vessels.
Excerpt of the interview with Julian Stair, conducted by Roland Held
In an interview, you speak of the “multivalence of pottery”. Can you enlarge upon this a bit?
JS: The multivalence or multimodality of pottery is extraordinary, from the optic to the haptic, from the temporal to the kinaesthetic, from the everyday to the symbolic, pottery in sists on the social locus for the appreciation of art. I am fascinated by how pottery permeates and is integral to human experience from the simple and everyday to rites of passage
Johannes Nagel, winner of the Westerwald Prize 2019, digs cavities in sand and ﬁlls them with liquid plaster. His ceramics correspond to spontaneous gestures cast in what he describes as “sculptural blurriness”.