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HELGA RITSCH

Multidisciplinary artist. Lives and works between Switzerland and Italy.

save the date! pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2024. july 1 – october 1. by appointment.
save the date! pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2024. july 1 - october 1. by appointment.
save the date! pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2024. july 1 – october 1. by appointment.
save the date! pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2024. july 1 - october 1. by appointment.
Me. Winter in the studio house. Soazza. February. 2024. Picture by agobay.
Me. Winter in the studio house. Soazza. February. 2024. Picture by agobay.
save the date! pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2024. july 1 –  october 1. by appointment.
save the date! pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2024. july 1 - october 1. by appointment.
April 2024: Interview with Jonathan Tuckey, Head of tuckeydesignstudio London
April 2024: Interview with Jonathan Tuckey, Head of tuckeydesignstudio London
Studio scene, April 2024 – white porcelain vessel of the series ‘what about us?’, h 54cm d 8cm. Painting acrylic on canvas. 100×100 with wooden frame. ‘bluehour’. 2004/24
Studio scene, April 2024 - white porcelain vessel of the series 'what about us?', h 54cm d 8cm. Painting acrylic on canvas. 100x100 with wooden frame. 'bluehour'. 2004/24
Vessel. Black porcelain. 2024
Vessel. Black porcelain. 2024
save the date! pots – paintings – polaroids: 6th summer studio 2024 . july 1 – october 1. by appointment .
save the date! pots - paintings - polaroids: 6th summer studio 2024 . july 1 - october 1. by appointment .
Studio scene – winter is over. April 2024. Floor installation, white porcelain vessels.
Studio scene - winter is over. April 2024. Floor installation, white porcelain vessels.
Studio scene, April 2024 – white porcelain vessel of the series ‘what about us?’, h 54cm d 8cm.
Studio scene, April 2024 - white porcelain vessel of the series 'what about us?', h 54cm d 8cm.
Vessels. Black porcelain with a wooden objet trouvé from the cellar, painted with acrylic. 2023/2024.
Vessels. Black porcelain with a wooden objet trouvé from the cellar, painted with acrylic. 2023/2024.
Work in progress – view from the outside into the workshop space. April 2024.
Work in progress - view from the outside into the workshop space. April 2024.
Work in progress – view from the outside into the workshop space. April 2024.
Work in progress - view from the outside into the workshop space. April 2024.
Vessel. Black porcelain. 2024
Vessel. Black porcelain. 2024
Pots, paintings and polaroids. Soazza. Studio house. Summer 2023
Pots, paintings and polaroids. Soazza. Studio house. Summer 2023
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023.  view into one room of five: Studio house.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. view into one room of five: Studio house.
Vessel from the series ‘what about us’. Black porcelain. Painted and scratched. Stamped and signed. One of a kind. 2024.
Vessel from the series 'what about us'. Black porcelain. Painted and scratched. Stamped and signed. One of a kind. 2024.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023.  ‘welcomehome?’. pedestal with nine pots. one of a kind piece.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. 'welcomehome?'. pedestal with nine pots. one of a kind piece.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summerstudio exhibition july 1 – october 1. 2023. by appointment
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summerstudio exhibition july 1 - october 1. 2023. by appointment
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. installations of ‘welcomehome?’ one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. installations of 'welcomehome?' one of a kind.
Winter studio. Painting: Orange blossom. Acrylic on canvas. 2024. 80x80cm.
Winter studio. Painting: Orange blossom. Acrylic on canvas. 2024. 80x80cm.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 – october 1. 2023. pictured: ‘dream boxes: to survive’. 2023.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 - october 1. 2023. pictured: 'dream boxes: to survive'. 2023.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 – october 1. 2023
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 - october 1. 2023
Studio house. Soazza. August. 2023. My office.
Studio house. Soazza. August. 2023. My office.
2023 – Summerstudio ‘welcomehome?’: Pots – Paintings – Polaroids. July 1 – October 1 in Soazza, GR. By appointment
2023 - Summerstudio 'welcomehome?': Pots - Paintings - Polaroids. July 1 - October 1 in Soazza, GR. By appointment
From the series ‘welcomehome?’ Soazza. 2023.
From the series 'welcomehome?' Soazza. 2023.
Sun jar. Black porcelain. One of a kind. 2024.
Sun jar. Black porcelain. One of a kind. 2024.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: black eyes. porcelain. one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: black eyes. porcelain. one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: black eyes. one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: black eyes. one of a kind.
2023 – Summerstudio ‘welcomehome?’: Pots – Paintings – Polaroids. July 1 – October 1 in Soazza, GR. By appointment
2023 - Summerstudio 'welcomehome?': Pots - Paintings - Polaroids. July 1 - October 1 in Soazza, GR. By appointment
Vessel. Free hand thrown from white porcelain. January 2024. One of a kind.
Vessel. Free hand thrown from white porcelain. January 2024. One of a kind.
Vessel. Free hand thrown from white porcelain. January 2024. One of a kind.
Vessel. Free hand thrown from white porcelain. January 2024. One of a kind.
Vessel. Free hand thrown from white porcelain. January 2024. One of a kind.
Vessel. Free hand thrown from white porcelain. January 2024. One of a kind.
Zurich based space. October 2023
Zurich based space. October 2023
Exhibition in Pontresian, Switzerland: Gallery Palü. 2023
Exhibition in Pontresian, Switzerland: Gallery Palü. 2023
Zurich based space. October 2023.
Zurich based space. October 2023.
pots – paintings – polaroids: studio house visits by appointment. pictured: acrylic on paper: ‘red carpet: i don’t need you.’
pots - paintings - polaroids: studio house visits by appointment. pictured: acrylic on paper: 'red carpet: i don't need you.'
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: objet trouvé, gold and a black ragepiece – attached with the red thread. mai 2023. studio house visits by appointment.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: objet trouvé, gold and a black ragepiece - attached with the red thread. mai 2023. studio house visits by appointment.
Zurich based space. October 2023
Zurich based space. October 2023
pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. Special summer edition.
pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. Special summer edition.

CONTACT

Studio Helga Ritsch
By appointment

Save the date!
6th summer studio
2024, July 1 – October 1 by appointment

CV

Born in Switzerland. Working as an independent multidisciplinary artist since 1996: Making pots, paintings and polaroids – individual pieces, groups and installations.

Education:
2001-2006: Trained as a ceramist with Mathies Schwarze
1989-1995: University of Zurich: Phil I – German Philology/Art History/Philosophy
1986-1988: ETH Zurich: Architecture department

Interview –  Jonathan Tuckey, tuckeydesignstudio April 2024
Porträtvideo by Agobay, March 2024
Selected photos by Nico Schärer, summer studio 2023
Exhibition Text Gallery Palü – Pontresina 2023
Exhibition Conversation Gallery Essencekyoto – Kyoto 2021

 

Member of the Swiss-Japanese Society
Member of the Swiss Ceramics Association ‘swissceramics’
Member of the Robert Walser-Society 

OTHERS about  (selection only)

Swiss ceramicist, Helga Ritsch stands as a remarkable figure in the world of contemporary ceramics, merging the serene beauty of Siwss landscapes with the delicate intricacies of Japanese pottery. Ritsch’s ceramics are poetic expressions of clay, characterized by their familiar elegant forms and subtle glazes. Her pieces reflect a deep respect for the craft, embodying a unique synthesis of Swiss precision and the Zen-like simplicity of Japanese design. 
Jonathan Tuckey. Architect. London 2024

Sometimes contemplative, sometimes playful but always intriguing: Swiss ceramic artist Helga Ritsch reveals her collected works at this year’s Summer Studio session.
René Allemann, Creative Director, Zurich/Lisbon. 2023.

Helga Ritsch, Soazza (Misox), forms ceramics that transcend the minimalist and modern, revealing a vital energy that awakens the viewer’s soul and weaves the mystery of existence. Each piece, through its simple beauty, becomes an enigmatic narrative, rich in emotion and finely woven meanings, inviting the deepest reflection.
Francesco Sciuchetti. Galerist, Pontresina. 2023

Helga Ritsch: ヘルガリッチさんはスイスの陶芸家で、端正なフォルムと繊細な表情、縁や高台に小さな穴を開けて糸を結んだ装飾が特徴的です。作品に糸を結ぶ理由について彼女は、自身の作であるというサインのようなもの、また、ひとつひとつに異なる個性を与えるところも気に入っていると答えていますが、そこに彼女の精神性と作品への愛情が感じられます。
Keiichi & Rie, Galerists, Kyoto. 2021

本展ではHelga Ritschにとって象徴的ともいえるCircleがテーマとなっています。静謐で清潔なHelgaの作品世界は、日本文化の心象風景にも繋がっているかのようです。「縁」を思わせるテーマに、不思議な絆を感じます。彼女が好んで用いる赤い糸も「縁」と繋がり、そして、それは彼女の住む国では、運命を導くシンボルといいます。ヘットラボアトリエムならではのHelgaのプレゼンテーションは彼女にとって日本で初めての個展となります。
Hatsuko Kobayashi. Galerist, Tokio. 2018

 

EXHIBITIONS (selection since 2017) 

Solo
2023 Soazza/GR,
Switzerland: welcomehome? pots -paintings – polaroids
2021 Kyoto, Japan: Gallery Essence Kyoto. Read Interview
2020 Soazza/GR, Switzerland: Covid-19 drama.
2019 Tokyo, Japan: Gallery ‘hetLaboatrium, . ‘Circle’
2018 Singapore: Brewin Design Office

 

Group
2023 Pontresina, Switzerland: ‘GRAUBÜNDEN’ at Galerie Palü.
2023 St. Moritz, Switzerland: SMM
2022 Pontresina, Switzerland: Galerie Palü.
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

REPRESENTED

Gallery Palü

Agobay

PRESS  (selection only)

2024: Interview –  Jonathan Tuckey, tuckeydesignstudio Newsletter

2023: Article (as part of the agobay makers) in the winter edition of  ‘openhousemagazine

2023: Article in the gallery magazine ‘palü’

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

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

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

And many more: Schöner Wohnen, Raum&Wohnen, Blickfang Magazine, NZZ, Tages Anzeiger Meter Magazin etc.

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