Around and about by Gésine Hackenberg

Exhibition  /  03 Sep 2016  -  08 Oct 2016
Published: 26.08.2016

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Vessel; vase; bowl; plate. Traditionally, pottery for everyday use is thrown on a turntable. The clay is placed on the wheelhead in the centre, and when rotated, is squeezed and pulled upwards and outwards.

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Gésine Hackenberg
The shape originates from movement. The shape almost is movement. The turning can be read in the result: circle and spiral are always present. The rim completes the container. It defines its function and serves as a decorative element at the same time. This making-process was the starting-point for a new jewellery - collection by Gésine Hackenberg. She experienced the ‘throwing’ of the clay as a kind of meditation. The material must be centred, the mind must be focused - and has to let go of anything else. Making pottery is entirely about the material and the repetitive circular movement, about the hands and the emerging shape. Associations with Arabic Sufi dancers, pirouettes and whirling spins come to mind, where the dynamics of turning keep the centre balanced. The physical shape expresses a mood. The ceramic container turns into a body. Isn’t the body a vessel for the human spirit?