matthias kaiser ceramics

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I studied at Parsons school of design in NY and at Vienna´s
university of applied arts, apprenticed with two japanese
master potters in Seto and Karatsu, spent a combined 2 years
travelling on the indian subcontinent and for a period of
13 years I was the akhavan of an iranian dervish.
my vocation remains. to make pots.

I focus on the inherent qualities of the material and the
succession of steps that constitute the process of creation.
trying to reveal, not hide, what is there and has been done.
and to give respite from the world of contrived concepts and
passing excitement.
I´ve always had an affinity to mystery and obsession.
the alchemical transformation of earth into stone and glass
is full of uncertainties and a neverending source of amazement.
by subtracting industrial processes as far as possible from the
refinement of the raw materials and totally from manufacture,
the finished pieces retain a heterogenous appearance.
they are a sum of parts, with infinite possible combinations of
shape and surface, texture and colour, weight and size.
my pots contain more than a functional and decorative aspect,
their poetry lies in the balance of intent and accident as well as
in the interplay of physical attributes.