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Lutz Könecke
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About Lutz Könecke

ceramic vessels

Beginning with my great-grandfather and up to my mother pottery has a long tradition in my family. When I started studying ceramics in 2000 there were two ceramists having an immense influence on my own work: On the one hand my great-grandfather Otto Lindig who studied at the Bauhaus and later took over the Bauhaus ceramic workshop and on the other hand Walter Popp who taught at the University of Kassel from 1954 to 1977 being seminal for a whole generation of ceramists in Germany. In my own work I am continuing fundamental approaches of these two famous teachers.

In my work I am focused on vessels assembled from several parts. I am developing forms that could not simply be thrown on the wheel in just one piece. Though it's not about making the most complex shape – it's about working with the form in a very accurate way.

Ultimately my work is always concerned with volume and space – aesthetically researching the relationship between interior and exterior by the issue of a ceramic vessel.

 

Tell us about an everyday object that is close to your heart and why?

At the age of 18 I started collecting ceramic vessels and so colleagues are always around me. Many of these potters already died, but with their vessels they still brighten (my) life.

What made you want to become a designer?

As I was younger I wanted to be an archaeologist, a photographer and an actor. I tried all of these professions, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter and always I found out that other people had more passion for these professions. Collecting ceramic vessels on the other hand had become more and more joy. From collecting to producing it was a quick connection. To be a potter is the essence of the three professions I tried before.

Has there been a person, event or something that had a significant influence on your work / career?

When I started studying ceramics in 2000 there were two ceramists having an immense influence on my own work: On the one hand my great-grandfather Otto Lindig who studied at the Bauhaus and later took over the Bauhaus ceramic workshop and on the other hand Walter Popp who taught at the University of Kassel from 1954 to 1977 being seminal for a whole generation of ceramists in Germany. In my own work I am continuing fundamental approaches of these two famous teachers.

A maxim, a saying to share?

I like the following quote very much, but I don't know who said/wrote it:

“Beauty is much more than an appearance. Beauty is a human pursuit. It gives comfort and confidence. And sometimes it also helps to survive."

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