LEIPZIG, Germany — Claudia Biehne (b. 1974, Leipzig) once told Art Aurea that “artistically crafted porcelain is still a young and uncharted genre.” While we suppose that some could quibble with her on that point, she uses this outlook as an opportunity for experimentation.
Her work speaks for itself; seldom do we see a studio potter with such a range. We see some of her sculptures with curling arms reminiscent of an octopus, or other works that appear to be made from glowing tissue, others appearing like delicate, knitted lace. Our favorite may be her bowls, which appear to hold nothing but a warm, soft light. Very peaceful. These are contrasted against thick, dense works that look as though they were plucked from the sea floor. Her artist statement sheds some light on her practice, especially for some of her knitted forms.
“Today the light and fine bowl objects are embossed with delicate lithophanes (relief designs in the translucent material). Claudia Biehne collects and presses flowers and leaves for this purpose. She has since learnt exactly how to handle the individual parts of the plant and when and how she can place them into a casting mould, how she needs to cast them and how the objects need to be dried so that they can be integrated with the other structures and arranged to set the scene. Furthermore her work is in stark contrast to the usual idea of the finished form: unusual moulds, folds as well as creases and broken frames are all included.”
Visitors to Leipzig can see her at work in the studio she has shared with her business partner Stefan Passig since 2007. Passig photographs, categorizes and promotes Claudia’s work.
Claudia studied at the University of Art and Design Halle, at the École des Beaux Arts in Luxembourg, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and at the Burg Giebichenstein. She became a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in 2015.
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