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Dorothee Wenz

Dorothee Wenz Ceramicist
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German, English
Hours:
By appointment only
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+49 6130947990
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A career path paved in clay

  • • Dorothee's work evokes the patterns of the landscape around her
  • • She dyes and mixes the clay and porcelain masses by herself
  • • She loves to push herself and experiment

It was a eureka moment when 19-year-old Dorothee Wenz stumbled into the exhibition 'Vessels from another world' by Elizabeth Fritsch right after having graduated from high school. “I was mesmerised by the shapes, the colours and the tender surfaces,” she says. In that very moment something clicked, and her path from then on was written in clay. “All I wanted was to do this,” she explains. So that is what she did, without ever being shy of pushing herself or her material to the limit. “Right after finishing college, I was asked to create a large vessel for a collector. The project was literally too big for me as the vessel almost exceeded myself, but I did it and that paved the way.”

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Works

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Vases

These green porcelain vases were sanded and polished, giving them their final bark-like appearance. They are composed of a blend of coloured clay and porcelain, assembled and pressed by hand in variegated layers, creating stripes, patches and marble effects.

Height 47 cm
Height 38 cm

Dorothee Wenz Ceramicist
Photo: © Dorothee Wenz
Vase

This ceramic vase was crafted from a mixture of coloured clay and porcelain, manually assembled in layers and pressed into a variegated pattern of stripes, patches and marble effects. The texture is invitingly tactile yet surprisingly soft and smooth to the touch, thanks to repeated sanding.

Height 34 cm

Dorothee Wenz Ceramicist
Photo: © Dorothee Wenz
Vase II

Unassuming in shape, this vase features unique natural patterns of stripes, patches and marble effects. The final appearance and soft, smooth surface were achieved by sanding and polishing.

Height 35 cm

Dorothee Wenz Ceramicist
Photo: © Dorothee Wenz
Vase III

Multicoloured marble effects alternating with plain stripes give this vase its homely appearance. The natural markings of the clay and porcelain mixture forming the rock-hard exterior are temptingly tactile, yet the surface is soft and smooth, thanks to repeated sanding.

Height 46 cm

Dorothee Wenz Ceramicist
Photo: © Dorothee Wenz
Bottle shapes

To create these slim bottles, a mixture of coloured clay and porcelain was assembled and pressed by hand in layers, resulting in stripes, patches and marble effects. Simple in style, the bottles display unique markings on their rock-hard exterior which are invitingly tactile yet surprisingly soft and smooth to the touch, thanks to repeated sanding.

Height 83 cm
Height 69 cm

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