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HELGA RITSCH

Potter. Lives and works in the mountains on the south side of Grisons and in Zurich. Switzerland.

August 2022: Soazza. View from my studio house out into the world.
August 2022: Soazza. View from my studio house out into the world.
September 2022. Match Tea bowl.
September 2022. Match Tea bowl.
August 2022: Soazza. Showroom. Bowl, hand thrown from white porcelain. One of a kind.
August 2022: Soazza. Showroom. Bowl, hand thrown from white porcelain. One of a kind.
September 2022. Matcha Tea bowl.
September 2022. Matcha Tea bowl.
August 2022. Soazza. Two bowls from white porcelain. Hand thrown. One of a kind.
August 2022. Soazza. Two bowls from white porcelain. Hand thrown. One of a kind.
March 2022: Soazza/GR. Studio house. Black porcelain. All pieces hand thrown. One of a kind.
March 2022: Soazza/GR. Studio house. Black porcelain. All pieces hand thrown. One of a kind.
August 2022: Soazza/GR. Studio house. Stoneware bowl. one of a kind.
August 2022: Soazza/GR. Studio house. Stoneware bowl. one of a kind.
September 2022: Matcha tea bowl.
September 2022: Matcha tea bowl.
August 2022. Soazza. Bowl from stoneware in one of the studio spaces. Hand thrown. One of a kind.
August 2022. Soazza. Bowl from stoneware in one of the studio spaces. Hand thrown. One of a kind.
August 2022: Soazza. In one of the showroom spaces – on the floor: Bowl from stoneware. Hand thrown. Coated with a tenmoku glaze. One of a kind.
August 2022: Soazza. In one of the showroom spaces - on the floor: Bowl from stoneware. Hand thrown. Coated with a tenmoku glaze. One of a kind.
August 2022: Soazza. Showroom. Bowl, hand thrown from white porcelain. One of a kind.
August 2022: Soazza. Showroom. Bowl, hand thrown from white porcelain. One of a kind.
March 2022: Soazza/GR. Studio house. Black porcelain. All pieces hand thrown. One of a kind.
March 2022: Soazza/GR. Studio house. Black porcelain. All pieces hand thrown. One of a kind.
August 2022. Soazza Studio house. Stoneware vessels. One of a kind.
August 2022. Soazza Studio house. Stoneware vessels. One of a kind.
Zurich. Showroom. 2022.
Zurich. Showroom. 2022.
June/July 2022: Zurich. Showroom. Black stoneware bowls. Acrylic on canvas painting..
June/July 2022: Zurich. Showroom. Black stoneware bowls. Acrylic on canvas painting..
Zurich. Showroom. 2021.
Zurich. Showroom. 2021.
Zurich. Showroom. 2021
Zurich. Showroom. 2021
June/July 2022: Zurich. Showroom. Black porcelain bowl.  Acrylic on canvas painting.
June/July 2022: Zurich. Showroom. Black porcelain bowl. Acrylic on canvas painting.
June/July 2022: Zurich. Showroom. White stoneware vessels.  Acrylic on canvas painting.
June/July 2022: Zurich. Showroom. White stoneware vessels. Acrylic on canvas painting.
Kyoto, Japan: Gallery Essence Kyoto. October 2021.
Kyoto, Japan: Gallery Essence Kyoto. October 2021.
Kyoto, Japan: Gallery Essence Kyoto. October 2021.
Kyoto, Japan: Gallery Essence Kyoto. October 2021.
SEOUL, Korea. Lee Eugean Gallery, October 2019.
SEOUL, Korea. Lee Eugean Gallery, October 2019.
SEOUL, Korea. Lee Eugean Gallery, October 2019.
SEOUL, Korea. Lee Eugean Gallery, October 2019.
SEOUL, Korea. Lee Eugean Gallery, October 2019.
SEOUL, Korea. Lee Eugean Gallery, October 2019.
Tokyo Japan. at gallery HetLaboatrium. March 2019.
Tokyo Japan. at gallery HetLaboatrium. March 2019.
Tokyo Japan, at gallery hetLaboatrium. March 2019.
Tokyo Japan, at gallery hetLaboatrium. March 2019.
June/July 2022: Zurich. Showroom. Workgroup: Three black porcelain bowls.
June/July 2022: Zurich. Showroom. Workgroup: Three black porcelain bowls.
London. Great Britain. at gallery blue mountainschool. 2018.
London. Great Britain. at gallery blue mountainschool. 2018.
London, GB at Gallery Bluemountainschool. 2018.
London, GB at Gallery Bluemountainschool. 2018.
Zurich. Gallery Palü. March/April 2020.
Zurich. Gallery Palü. March/April 2020.
Gallery palü, Pontresina: 2020.
Gallery palü, Pontresina: 2020.
Zurich. Showroom. January 2022
Zurich. Showroom. January 2022
Soazza/GR. Studio scene. 2022.
Soazza/GR. Studio scene. 2022.
Zurich. Showroom. 2022.
Zurich. Showroom. 2022.
Venice, Italy: September 2021.
Venice, Italy: September 2021.
Soazza/GR. Studio house. 2022.
Soazza/GR. Studio house. 2022.
Soazza/GR. Studio house. 2021.
Soazza/GR. Studio house. 2021.
Soazza/GR. Studio house. 2021.
Soazza/GR. Studio house. 2021.
2021. Composition of twelve bowls. porcelain. For Gabriel S., Art collector. Germany.
2021. Composition of twelve bowls. porcelain. For Gabriel S., Art collector. Germany.
Soazza/GR. Studio house. 2022.
Soazza/GR. Studio house. 2022.

CONTACT
Feel free to contact via
ritsch@helga-ritsch.com

 

Studio, Showrooms & Tea house
6562 Soazza, Stradón 26
Open every day by appointment

 

Showroom
8032 Zurich, Gemeindestrasse 4
Open every last week in the month
Next: Sept 28, 29, 30, Oct 1;
Wed-Frid 12-18 and Sat 11-17h

NEXT EXHIBITION
PONTRESINA/CH Dec 2022/2023
‘Nato a 620 m di altezza’ at Gallery Palü

REPRESENTED
Gallery Essence Kyoto
KYOTO/Japan
Gallery Palü
PONTRESINA/Switzerland

CVBorn in Switzerland. Studios in Soazza and Zurich.

2001-2006: Trained as a ceramist with Mathies Schwarze
1989-1995: University of Zurich: Art History/German Philology/Philosophy (MA)
1987-1989: ETH Zurich: Architecture Department (BA)

Working as an independent artist since 1998
Member of the Swiss Ceramics Association ‘swissceramics’

WORKArtist statement:I work mainly with porcelain and stoneware and make hand thrown vessels.They create a delicate atmosphere, an unsophisticated mood – sometimes an illusion: I try to give my surroundings a touch of beauty. Even if it is only for a tiny moment.

I found clay many decades ago and I made a first tea pot, when I was 17 years old. My teacher at the time, Ms Liu, showed me how. I still shapes clay into vessels: This distracts me and helps to bear many things better.

Whether as an individual piece or as a group of works – I try to find shapes, details and surfaces that irritate, awake your imagination, sometimes enchant, also make you think and burn into your memory: My vessels are border crossers and define ceramics differently

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

Anyone who can endure this is right with me.’

THREAD – Many people ask about the meaning of the thread that has been used for more than twenty years. Dr. Ronnie Watt, art historian, Canada, wrote in 2017 (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.

EXHIBITIONS (selection since 2017) 

Solo
2021 Kyoto, Japan: Gallery Essence Kyoto. Invited by and with Iron Artist Motomu Oyama.
2020 Soazza/GR, Switzerland:Covid-19 drama.
2019 Tokyo, Japan: Gallery ‘hetLaboatrium, . ‘Circle’
2018 Singapore: Brewin Design Office

 

Group
2022 Seoul, Korea: University of Fine Arts, 
2021 Zurich, Switzerland: Gallery Palü. Guest.
2019 Seoul, Korea: Gallery Lee Eugean, ‘Affaire de coeur 5’.
2019 Milan, Italy: Palazzo Bovara,
2019 Geneva, Switzerland: Gallery Ormond Edition,
2018 London, Greatbritain:  HOSTEM, bluemountainschool . 
2018 Hongkong, China: U11. swiss design. 

2014 Zurich, Switzerland: Museum Rietberg


PROJECTS  (selection since 2017)

2021: Privat project  – 16 bowls for A.G., private collector
2021: Work group – 12 vessels for G. S., private collector
2020: Blue hour – Last works of this edition, started 2017
2019: Gallery New Delhi, for the owner  – 30 different bowls
2018: Paper&Tea, Berlin – Porcelain teabowls 
2018: Ahista Tea – India – Tea bowls 

2018: Black and white porcelain. The give store, Hollywood
2017: Porcelain edition for HRK
2017: Pots and plants with Leopold Isidor

PRESS  (selection only)

2021: Photostory in the print only magazine ‘The Influencer’

2020: ‘Raum und Wohnen’
‘NZZ, Z Magazin ‘

2019: Video by Fredrik Haren ‘Wondering in search of energy’

2019: ‘schönerwohnen

2018: ‘Ideales Heim

2017:  Ceramics Southern Africa, 09/2017 by Dr. Ronnie Watt

TABLEWARE COLLECTIONS 

2016 ‘Blackbeauty’ – My tableware collection from hand thrown black porcelain: Cups, bowls and plates. With grooves and the black thread. Unglazed.
2012 ‘Snow’ – My tableware collection from hand thrown white porcelain: Cups, bowls and plates. Glazed inside. Outside unglazed. With the red thread. 
2008 ‘Pur’ – My tableware collection from hand thrown stoneware: Cups, bowls and plates. Coated with four different craquelé glazes.

Different tableware projects for private clients and Restaurants as Mesa, Zurich, Sushi Shin Zurich, Rechberg, Zurich, Yumi, Porrentruy etc.
Stopped accepting orders in early 2020.

INSTAGRAM

The journey on Instagram began in February 2016 and was pretty innovative at the time. Follow it via INSTAGRAM

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