Ceramic Kingdom

Ceramic Kingdom Ceramic Kingdom is an Art School & Open Studio in Berlin supporting the exploration of ideas & processes in clay. We offer classes, monthly passes, private sessions, kiln firings, and more!
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Kiln firings & pickups still going on! We are open for PICKUPS ONLY from today, December 16, till next week December 23r...
16/12/2020

Kiln firings & pickups still going on! We are open for PICKUPS ONLY from today, December 16, till next week December 23rd, from 16:00 - 18:00, daily. For those of you who just can't get enough, we also sell clay & tools...

Stay healthy, beloved makers! :)

Part 3 of Jana’s @janamarlenelippert feature interview continues here.Visit her TODAY at @weddingmarkt 12-20 uhr to view...
13/12/2020

Part 3 of Jana’s @janamarlenelippert feature interview continues here.

Visit her TODAY at @weddingmarkt 12-20 uhr to view her work in real life and take home some gorgeous handmade pieces...:)

Back to the interview:

Can you talk about working in a shared space, navigating your overlapping roles at CK, or any additional opinions about working collaboratively or in a creative community?

“I’ve always liked to work in shared creative spaces.There is an energy in the air that’s full of concentration, curiosity and the joy of making. I like to walk around and look at what others are making, exchanging ideas & advice. As much as I enjoy focusing on my work, I appreciate these creative exchanges about all kinds of artforms.”

What advice have you been given that you’ve held onto about in your creative process?

“My teacher Kim Colin @industrialfacility always asked us ‘Where does your product live?’ and I try to see objects in real places rather than sleek, clean product photography settings.”

If you had limitless space or limitless funding to create a project, what would you do?

“I would love to create a space and every object in it that is dedicated to sleep. These in between states of falling asleep and waking up are really fascinating to me. I would also like to review our rituals of sleep sociologically and go from there. So, I guess I would want to design several spaces. Naturally, for all the senses.”

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Works & thoughts by @janamarlenelippert continued...Textures & tactility are evoked by your Ceramics, and your Product D...
11/12/2020

Works & thoughts by @janamarlenelippert continued...

Textures & tactility are evoked by your Ceramics, and your Product Designs seem to reinvent sense experience. Can you talk about the role of the senses in your work?

“In today's visually charged world we tend to forget that we actually live with real objects. Objects are more than a pretty image, and need to interact with more than just the visual sense. I try to work holistically when it comes to the senses. I like it when an object has a nice tactility, an intriguing smell, a peculiar sound, or a changing appearance. This deepens our relation to the things that surround us. Senses are connected to the unconscious part of existence and intensify our experience.”

How does Ceramics differ from other Design processes? Are there cultural associations, material limitations, or freedoms you think are unique to the Ceramic medium?

“In Design processes I start with a concept, and find the suitable materials later. With Ceramics I start from the material and explore its possibilities & limitations, and maybe try to bend or break those. For me it’s an intuitive process, where I think with my hands. I don’t really plan my Ceramic process. The material forces you to be patient, opening a space for thorough observation of each step.”

“I also think that Ceramics touch a certain nerve of concentrated relaxation in most of us. The idea of the first humans finding a lump of clay and starting to sculpt it, gives me a quiet warm feeling, it’s such an universal starting point.”

Stay tuned for more of Part 3 of this conversation in our next post!

Wanna buy some of these beauties? Her work & others will be available at our Holiday Sale at @minicultbistro TODAY, tomorrow, and next weekend. Jana’s individual work will be on sale TOMORROW at @weddingmarkt between 12 - 20 uhr. (See stories for details)

More of Jana’s Projects can be found on her website: www.janamarlenelippert.com

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Jana Marlene Lippert @janamarlenelippert started working at CK in 2019 as an artist, then joined our Working Artist Prog...
11/12/2020

Jana Marlene Lippert @janamarlenelippert started working at CK in 2019 as an artist, then joined our Working Artist Program, and is now in charge of our Website, Photo Management, & Resource Library. She received her MA in Product Design at Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne @ecal_ch, her BA in Product Design at Fachhochschule Potsdam @fhpotsdam.design, with additional study at the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design Jerusalem in the departments of Industrial Design @idbezalel, as well as Ceramic & Glass Design @bezalel_ceramics_glass. She teaches Handbuilding, Slip-casting, and Mold-making at CK.⁠

Jana also co-organized CK's Holiday Market at @minicultbistro TODAY, tomorrow, and next weekend. Her individual work will be for sale TOMORROW at @weddingmarkt between 12 - 20 Uhr. Visit her there! ⁠

We asked her some questions: ⁠

How & why did you start working in Ceramics? What aspects of slip-casting & handbuilding interest you?⁠

"I started working in ceramics during my Bachelor’s. I was mainly slip-casting, getting tips & tricks from the workshop manager and teaching myself. Porcelain is my main material for slip-casting. I love the thin wall thickness, the translucency and silky surfaces of the material. It almost feels like skin when holding an unglazed porcelain cup with a warm drink inside. At the same time it is super strong and has a distinct sharpness of character. You can create the same shape many times and focus on the surface, as I do with coloring slip, painting in the mold, or creating colored shards that can resemble stone."⁠

"Handbuilding is the opposite. For me it’s an intuitive, spontaneous process. I often decide what it's going to be while I’m making. Surfaces are an important topic in handbuilding as well, but in a different way than with porcelain. I collect stones and I’m fascinated by their differences, the force and time it took to create them. So when working with stoneware I like to emphasize its stoney, rocky character and its variations."⁠

Stay tuned for more of Jana's work and thoughts in our next posts!⁠

More Projects can be found on her website: www.janamarlenelippert.com⁠

Rainbow of Bisqueware showing this past month's work. Thanks to our Firing team & our beloved Kilns who keep working for...
10/12/2020

Rainbow of Bisqueware showing this past month's work. Thanks to our Firing team & our beloved Kilns who keep working for us round the clock! :)⁠

When the wheel takes you away with it - just breathe! ⁠Joao Noberto @cria.objects enjoying the thrill of his first wheel...
09/12/2020

When the wheel takes you away with it - just breathe! ⁠
Joao Noberto @cria.objects enjoying the thrill of his first wheel class with Teacher @william.newmanwise⁠. This pic was taken in the summer. Amazing to see what he's making now!

Set of teapots in process by Wheel-throwing Teacher @ulrike.pasewald ⁠⁠
08/12/2020

Set of teapots in process by Wheel-throwing Teacher @ulrike.pasewald ⁠

Architectural crossovers in ceramic processes run deep. Bricks, tiles, mosaics, but also the human need to stack, to use...
07/12/2020

Architectural crossovers in ceramic processes run deep. Bricks, tiles, mosaics, but also the human need to stack, to use repetition, and to build modularly. Here, simple studio molds remind us of this, poetically captured by @replica_ceramics.

Glaze room: the catalyst for miracles in the kiln! With it's all-day sunshine & outdoor access, this space allows for co...
06/12/2020

Glaze room: the catalyst for miracles in the kiln! With it's all-day sunshine & outdoor access, this space allows for cozy vibes and gettin' in the zone.

360 photo credit: @ivo_gretener_fotografie & @ngo_berlin

A slice of sun while unloading the bisque! Pieces nestled together, keeping each other warm... :)
06/12/2020

A slice of sun while unloading the bisque! Pieces nestled together, keeping each other warm... :)

Artist Feature with @ern_wang continued...What other artists are you currently looking at?“I have always liked Mike Kell...
03/12/2020

Artist Feature with @ern_wang continued...

What other artists are you currently looking at?

“I have always liked Mike Kelly's work. Recently, I have been looking at him again.” 

What is your favourite piece that you’ve created and why?

“‘Drill Bit’ (6th image featured here) as a part of my installation ‘Solution to us all - Obesity’ (2017). It has never been shown as a completed work but rather as part of the installation. Still, there is something about an oversized, high-polished chrome industrial object laying in a bed of candy sprinkles that I was drawn to, that I cannot pin down.” 

If you had limitless space or limitless funding to create a project, what would you do?

“A parade in a Disney-esc theme park full of my objects would be very exciting for me.” 

Find more about Ernie’s work on his website: www.ernie-wang.com

@ern_wang Artist Feature continued...What are you currently working on? “I recently created a series of ceramic sculptur...
03/12/2020

@ern_wang Artist Feature continued...

What are you currently working on? 

“I recently created a series of ceramic sculptures, some of which are completed. Others are still being developed into larger sculptures which combine different material elements, such as metal, electric motors, silicone, etc.”

Your pieces often have a fantasy element to them. Do you have starting imagery, or how does this take shape for you?

“As a mold-maker, I rarely create things out of the blue. I choose and assemble. There is a long process of choosing objects before making new sculptures and I work with these materials to see how they can fit with each other and into my ‘fantasy/reality.’ I tend to just spend time in the studio with the materials and the found objects, and try to understand how everything can work together as a sculpture.” 

As someone who clearly enjoys making delicious (and beautiful!) food, does your kitchen aesthetic tie into your artistic work in any way? 

“There is probably a running aesthetic to the things I create. I find something appealing and hope other people find it as appealing as I do. Other than that, they are just things I enjoy creating.”

Tips, tricks or recommendations for other creatives?

“Everyone works fairly differently. I try to spend as much time as I can in the studio as possible even if I do not have a specific goal that I am working towards. I find it useful to physically be in the space where all my materials and objects are within reach and I can look at them and play around with them. I think that helps me a lot in how the sculptures are developed.”

Ernie Wang @ern_wang started working at CK in 2019 as an artist, then joined our Working Artist Program, and is now our ...
03/12/2020

Ernie Wang @ern_wang started working at CK in 2019 as an artist, then joined our Working Artist Program, and is now our Office Manager. He studied Fine Art in London at both the Slade School @sladeschool & Central Saint Martins @csm_news, while also doing an exchange at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna @akbild. Additional creative activities include cooking, baking, sharing food with friends, and riding his moped back and forth to his artist studio. He teaches Mold-making, Slip-casting, & Glazing at CK.

We asked him some questions:⁠

Why did you get into Ceramics?⁠

“Mold-making is my primary way of approaching sculptures. To re-realize existing objects in an alternate material is something I enjoy greatly. To transform objects that are loaded with pre-existing intentions. I swap out the flesh of these mundane objects for a casting material and therefore sprinkle them with an inflated view. I’m still holding the imagery/skeleton of a gun, for example, but replacing it’s essence with Ceramics. Which shifts its ideology. I use Ceramics like a novelty, blunting the sharp edges of the subject matter, inviting the intellect to engage in a new way." ⁠

"Handbuilding with clay is like a sketch for me, preparation for larger sculptures. If I don’t have a concrete idea or sculpture in mind, I turn to handbuilding, because of its immediate effect. There is something primal and physical about it that I find very satisfying.” ⁠

Follow our next posts to see Ernie's work and hear more about his practice! ⁠

More on his website: www.ernie-wang.com⁠

Photo credit: @lilibobagins

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Results of triple-sided Nefertiti, designed by Vera Schmid @kruemelkasten in our 3d printing class.⁠⁠⁠#3dclay #nefertiti...
30/11/2020

Results of triple-sided Nefertiti, designed by Vera Schmid @kruemelkasten in our 3d printing class.⁠


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30/11/2020

Nefertiti in clay! Concept & design by Vera Schmid @kruemelkasten with assistance from Teacher Daniel Valencia Ferra @digitalcraft_dvf during our 3d printing class. 🎨🏺

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This room sure gets a lot of action...! We 🧡 our Kilns.360 Photo by: @ivo_gretener_fotografie & @ngo_berlin
30/11/2020

This room sure gets a lot of action...! We 🧡 our Kilns.

360 Photo by: @ivo_gretener_fotografie & @ngo_berlin

This room certainly gets a lot of action...! ⁠We 🧡  our Kilns.⁠⁠360 Photo by: @ivo_gretener_fotografie & @ngo_berlin ⁠⁠#...
29/11/2020

This room certainly gets a lot of action...! ⁠
We 🧡 our Kilns.⁠

360 Photo by: @ivo_gretener_fotografie & @ngo_berlin ⁠

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Wanna trim a deep foot ring? Get grounded and stabilize that arm! Demonstrated by teacher Stephen Kent @ocasionally_zen ...
26/11/2020

Wanna trim a deep foot ring? Get grounded and stabilize that arm! Demonstrated by teacher Stephen Kent @ocasionally_zen with @stella_vonsenger ⁠during their Beginning Wheel class.⁠

#trimdeep #getgrounded #stabilize #gettingdeep #deepdive #trimming #clay #satisfying #abdrehen #drehscheibe #wheelthrown #ceramicstudio #keramikkurs #berlinceramics⁠ #anfangerkurs #beginningwheel #heatgun

Vessels in process by @lailumake. Love her use of scraped lines while texturing her surfaces - it really compliments the...
25/11/2020

Vessels in process by @lailumake. Love her use of scraped lines while texturing her surfaces - it really compliments the strengthening power of her organic forms and gives direction to the eye while enjoying these beauties.

Latika @lailumake caught in graceful concentration while constructing one of her beautiful hand-built vessel forms. She ...
25/11/2020

Latika @lailumake caught in graceful concentration while constructing one of her beautiful hand-built vessel forms. She recently joined our Working Artist team. Excited to see her work develop!

Plaster molds lookin' so quirky and cute together while they wait to be opened... ⁠Timing is everything!⁠
23/11/2020

Plaster molds lookin' so quirky and cute together while they wait to be opened... ⁠Timing is everything!⁠

Left side of our front room in 360 :)Photos by: @ivo_gretener_fotografie & @ngo_berlin
22/11/2020

Left side of our front room in 360 :)

Photos by: @ivo_gretener_fotografie & @ngo_berlin

Yummy glaze tests by @wheelhaus.alexander fresh outta the oven:)⁠⁠⁠⁠
22/11/2020

Yummy glaze tests by @wheelhaus.alexander fresh outta the oven:)⁠


@kokoro.studio.ceramicsFeature interview continued...Which philosophical ideologies help you along your creative journey...
20/11/2020

@kokoro.studio.ceramics
Feature interview continued...

Which philosophical ideologies help you along your creative journey?

“One concept I feel central to my work is the idea of 'Once in a Lifetime Encounters' or 'Ichigo Ichie'. Not long after learning ceramics I started learning the Japanese Tea Ceremony and this phrase is often used to talk about unique, once in a lifetime encounters between a Host and a Guest. It's something central to the creation and enjoyment of ceramics. A piece of handmade ceramics is always unique and can never be repeated. Similarly, each moment of our lives is fleeting. Drinking our tea today in this moment is a unique experience. We may drink the same tea tomorrow but already we have changed as people. In that sense, I hope people who use my ceramics are reminded of life’s fleeting nature and can savour these precious moments.”

How does your professional work in the medical field come into your Ceramics? Are there any overlaps?

“Working in the medical field puts one in close proximity with illness and death. It puts all things in life into perspective. It's a constant reminder to me that time is precious, moments are fleeting. And yet there is beauty present in the smallest of everyday events - our time with ceramics, time spent creating and expressing ourselves through art. It's a motivating force for me to continue creating ceramics in order to live a full, expanded, and courageous life.”

Can you speak about any social &/or historical contexts of ceramics that interest you? How do you stay engaged in the larger dialogue?

“I am inspired by the Mingei (folk craft) movement that started in Japan in the late 1920s, pioneered by Soetsu Yanagi, a Japanese art critic and philosopher. In his book, ‘The Beauty of Everyday Things,’ he writes about how our lives are filled with objects that are our ‘constant companions’ and should be treated with respect and attention. It's that thoughtful approach towards objects in our lives that inspires me to want to create ceramics that can accompany and support people physically and spiritually.”

Photo credit: Laura Droße @elle_pilou

#wheelthrowing #japaneseceramics #ceramickingdom #ceramic

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