Are you still as passionate about your profession after 30 years?
It is fascinating that after all these years it does not feel like work, but like an integral part of my life. I go to my workshop in the morning and not “to work”, I don't count the days until vacation. For that I am very happy, it has a lot to do with freedom and keeps me young.
What do you mean by “Integral part of your life”?
Ceramics is a means of expression for me. Many things that move me, touch me, annoy me, delight me, are processed in my work with ceramics. They often contain social, sometimes political statements, sometimes obvious, sometimes ambiguous, often ironic.
© Lilian Hössle
Do all your works contain a certain statement?
Yes, actually all my objects contain statements, but most of them still keep their function. It is about playing with associations, to irritate and inspire at the same time. Fantasy and humour are very important to me.
Why did you change style in 2012?
Since I moved from Bavaria back to Stuttgart, I do not use a potter’s wheel anymore. All my vessels are freely constructed by hand. The technique itself has something very archaic, which I like very much.