Portrait

Gabriella Bartlau

Gabriella Bartlau lives and works in Konstanz, Germany. Having studied Chinese and Japanese, she first came in contact with Raku during a stay in St. Ives, Cornwall in 1990. In the following years she joined the "freie künstlergruppe freiburg" ("group of free artists") and the gallery "Neue Kunst" ("New Art") in Konstanz. Since summer 2005 she runs her own workshop in the Hüetlinstrasse in Konstanz, in fall 2006 she opened her studio "Keramikraum".

Her pieces are dominated by plain and clear forms. The objects are reduced to the essentials. The aesthetics of the Japanese paragons are extended by her own design vocabulary by cutting and slapping the thrown pots. Negative painting with wax and latex and the steered coincidence of the raku firing yield characteristic surfaces.