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STUDIO ZURICH
Minervastrasse 9
8032 Zurich

Fri, 12-6 and by appointment
ritsch@helga-ritsch.com

SOAZZA,Switzerland
July, 18 – August, 15 2020
Summerstudio

EXHIBITIONS

KYOTO, Japan
Oct 9 – 17, 2021

LONDON, UK (permanent)
Bluemountainschool ARCHIVE

TOKIO Japan 2019,

SEOUL, Korea, 2019

Summerstudio at Soazza/GR: July 18 – August 15, 2020
Summerstudio at Soazza/GR: July 18 - August 15, 2020
Group exhitibion in SEOUL at Lee Eugean Gallery, October 2-26 2019. SOLD
Group exhitibion in SEOUL at Lee Eugean Gallery, October 2-26 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. ALL WORKS SOLD.
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. ALL WORKS SOLD.
Green bowl. One of a kind piece. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware. Object. AVAILABLE
Green bowl. One of a kind piece. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware. Object. AVAILABLE
‘HOPE: the summer will definitely come back’. Group of work, 2019. AVAILABLE
'HOPE: the summer will definitely come back'. Group of work, 2019. AVAILABLE
Group of six vessels. 2020. Hand thrown. With the red thread in the rim. AVAILABLE as a group only
Group of six vessels. 2020. Hand thrown. With the red thread in the rim. AVAILABLE as a group only
Iceblue bowls. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware and coated with a craquele glaze. With a blue thread. Four small one and a big one SOLD
Iceblue bowls. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware and coated with a craquele glaze. With a blue thread. Four small one and a big one SOLD
Green bowl. One of a kind piece. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware. Object. AVAILABLE
Green bowl. One of a kind piece. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware. Object. AVAILABLE
GENEVA Nov 7, 2019- Gallery Ormond Editions
GENEVA Nov 7, 2019- Gallery Ormond Editions
Green celadon bowl of the edition ‘don’t protect me, i am fragile anyway’. Stoneware, 2020. AVAILABLE.
Green celadon bowl of the edition 'don't protect me, i am fragile anyway'. Stoneware, 2020. AVAILABLE.
‘HOPELESS: It is over’. Group of work, 2019. AVAILABLE
'HOPELESS: It is over'. Group of work, 2019. AVAILABLE
HOPE: ‘follow your red thread’. Part of the ‘corona-edition’. 2020. Group of 6 vessels. All hand thrown. White and with the red thread. With a hand written booklet and photos. AVAILABLE as a group only
HOPE: 'follow your red thread'. Part of the 'corona-edition'. 2020. Group of 6 vessels. All hand thrown. White and with the red thread. With a hand written booklet and photos. AVAILABLE as a group only
Studio Zürich 2019
Studio Zürich 2019
Zürich 2020. Teabowls. Stoneware. ALL SOLD
Zürich 2020. Teabowls. Stoneware. ALL SOLD
Iron black brown bowlplates. 2020. Handthrown from stoneware. ALL SOLD
Iron black brown bowlplates. 2020. Handthrown from stoneware. ALL SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Edition ‘bluehour’: Set of four beakers. Blue porcelain. Handthrown and with the blue thread. One of a kind pieces. 2019. AVAILABLE.
Edition 'bluehour': Set of four beakers. Blue porcelain. Handthrown and with the blue thread. One of a kind pieces. 2019. AVAILABLE.
Object ‘red’. Handthrown from stoneware. 2020. SOLD
Object 'red'. Handthrown from stoneware. 2020. SOLD
Wide black bowl, matte, with the black thread. One of a kind piece. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware. Object. AVAILABLE
Wide black bowl, matte, with the black thread. One of a kind piece. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware. Object. AVAILABLE
Stoneware works for an opening in Zurich: Opening postponed because of Covid-19
Stoneware works for an opening in Zurich: Opening postponed because of Covid-19
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Wide black bowl, matte, with the black thread. One of a kind piece. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware. Object. AVAILABLE
Wide black bowl, matte, with the black thread. One of a kind piece. 2020. Hand thrown from stoneware. Object. AVAILABLE
‘HOPELESS’ – this opening will never come back. Group of work. For my Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
'HOPELESS' - this opening will never come back. Group of work. For my Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Studio Soazza 2018. Studio Soazza 2018. Edition s n o w 2014. ON ORDER.
Studio Soazza 2018. Studio Soazza 2018. Edition s n o w 2014. ON ORDER.
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Zürich 2019. Edition b l a c k b e a u t i e s 2017. ON ORDER
Zürich 2019. Edition b l a c k b e a u t i e s 2017. ON ORDER
Zürich 2019. Edition b l a c k b e a u t i e s 2017. ON ORDER
Zürich 2019. Edition b l a c k b e a u t i e s 2017. ON ORDER
Zürich 2019. SOLD
Zürich 2019. SOLD
Studio Soazza 2018
Studio Soazza 2018
Studio Soazza 2018. Studio Soazza 2018. Edition s n o w 2014. ON ORDER.
Studio Soazza 2018. Studio Soazza 2018. Edition s n o w 2014. ON ORDER.
Zürich 2019. SOLD
Zürich 2019. SOLD
Zürich 2019. Edition b l a c k b e a u t i e s 2017. ON ORDER
Zürich 2019. Edition b l a c k b e a u t i e s 2017. ON ORDER
Zürich 2019. Edition b l a c k b e a u t i e s 2017. ON ORDER
Zürich 2019. Edition b l a c k b e a u t i e s 2017. ON ORDER
Studio Soazza 2018
Studio Soazza 2018
Studio Soazza 2018. Studio Soazza 2018. Edition s n o w 2012. ON ORDER.
Studio Soazza 2018. Studio Soazza 2018. Edition s n o w 2012. ON ORDER.
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD
Tokyo Solo exhibition 2019. SOLD

MY WORK – I am working with porcelain and stoneware and make hand thrown vessels:

The main focus of my work lies in finding soulful vessels with charisma, which are able to create atmosphere and mood. Whether as an individual piece or as a group of works – I try to find forms, details and surfaces that irritate, sometimes enchant, also make you think and burn into your memory.

For this to hopefully succeed, I need time – sometimes a lot of time: I work slowly, destroy a lot, start all over again. Fractions belong to my path, as do the unexpected and the unconventional.

Anyone who can endure this is right with me.

MY WAY – Born in Switzerland: I started my work as an independent ceramic artist in 1998.

Member of the Swiss Ceramics Association ‘swissceramics

2001-2006: Apprenticeship for ceramist (wheelthrowing)
1989-1995: Course of studies at the University of Zurich . Art History/German Philology/Philosophy (today M.A.)
1987-1989: Basic studies at ETH Zurich . Architecture Department (today B.A.)

MY THREAD – Many people ask about the meaning of the thread that I have been using for more than fifteen years. Ronnie Watt, art historian, Canada, wrote (s. press): .

..‘A signature decorative element which she regularly applies is a length of cotton thread which is looped through a fine hole and over the rim. The red thread is a reference to the German expression ‘der rote Faden des Erzählens’ which can be translated as ‘following your destiny’. With this leitmotiv, explains Ritsch, she ‘brings things together’ and that ‘my works are different, but the red thread holds them together’. At the same time it ‘stitches’ her works to her personal life experiences and philosophy. As a powerful albeit fragile decorative element, the thread is a visual and intellectual accent for a work but is simultaneously integral to that form because it is anchored in it.

And in my words:

Irgendwie möchte ich meine Arbeiten zusammenhalten, daran erinnern, woher sie stammen, wer sie gemacht hat – sie sind ja weltweit verstreut, der Faden hält sie symbolisch zusammen, denke ich zumindest….. 
Das textile Element gibt meinen Arbeiten auch etwas Unerwartetes, vielleicht Irritierendes und das gefällt mir. 
Nicht zuletzt kann mit dem Faden der Arbeit eine Richtung im Raum gegeben werden: Die Arbeit wirkt jedes Mal leicht anders, je nachdem wohin der Faden zeigt. 
Mit dem Faden ist es mir auch möglich, ganz am Ende des Prozesses, also nach dem letzten Brand, das Stück endlich fertig in die Hand zu nehmen und eine letzte Geste zu platzieren, es für meine Begriffe vollendet zu machen – und dann zu entlassen.
Und jetzt nach all den Jahren ist er wohl zu einer Art Markenzeichen geworden, unbeabsichtigt.  

helga ritsch, zurich, 2020

 

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