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Elke Sada

Elke Sada Ceramicist
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Hooked on ceramics

  • • Elke interprets the ceramic vessel in a bold, colourful manner
  • • She is also a painter, and incorporates painting in her work
  • • She uses a special technique to construct her vessels

The story of Elke Sada is a reminder to pursue our interests, take risks and be patient in order to achieve greatness in what we do. “In 1991 I was working as a research technician in the US and signed up for a pottery course in my spare time out of curiosity. And that was it, I was hooked.” After another pottery course and an internship, almost ten years later she quit her career as a chemistry technician and started her professional education in the field of ceramics in the UK. Today her work is recognised and rewarded internationally for its combination of fragmented forms and painterly surface treatment.

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Capriccio Vases

The Capriccio Vases are achieved by combining painting and reverse monoprinting. Elke describes this process as a fusion between abstract painting and ceramics. She paints with coloured slips on a plaster block and then pours white earthenware casting slip on it. The colours and clay stick together and can be removed as a slab from the plaster and she assembles cut-outs to create her specific design.

Height 32 cm
Length 10 cm
Depth 10 cm
Height 33 cm
Length 11 cm
Depth 11 cm

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Hallstattpieces

Part of the series Hallstattpieces, this bowl is made by fragments of soft clay that were previously decorated and then assembled in a mould. Elke painted the underside of the piece with red and blue slip, creating a tension between its inner and outer surfaces. The texture is left unrefined in order to show the hand building process

Height 16.5 cm
Length 38.5 cm
Depth 38 cm

Elke Sada Ceramicist
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Hallstattpieces

This ceramic vessel is handmade from fragments of terra nigra clay, combining an organic shape and unrefined texture with abstract designs. It is part of the series of works entitled Hallstattpieces for which Elke drew inspiration from an old fragmented copper vessel, which she saw in a museum in Hallstatt in Austria.

Height 18.5 cm
Length 55 cm
Depth 55 cm

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Luscinia svecica (Hallstattpiece)

This terra nigra clay vase is part of Elke’s Hallstattpieces series. The series was inspired by an old copper vessel that had been made from different fragments. Some pieces were coloured according to a specific bird’s plumage. The Latin name of these birds gave the vessels their names.

Height 44 cm
Length 30 cm
Depth 29 cm

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Capriccio wall piece

This handmade artefact works as a plate and a wall piece. It is achieved by combining painting and reverse monoprinting. Elke describes this process as a fusion between abstract painting and ceramics. She paints with coloured slips on a plaster block and then pours white earthenware casting slip on it. The colours and clay stick together and can be removed as a slab from the plaster and then she assembles cut-outs to create her specific design.

Height 45 cm
Length 45 cm
Depth 3 cm

Elke Sada Ceramicist

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