About halfway between Dresden and Berlin, far from the restless city turmoil, lies Gosda, a small, sleepy, idyllic village in a rural picturesque area of Calauer Switzerland.
In 1990, André von Martens acquired a homestead in this tranquil spot, where he now lives with his family. Here, over time, he created his own home and a perfect place to create his ceramics.
For his black ceramics, Martens blends predominantly native light clays with fine-grained fireclay and mica. The particular composition of the mass is of crucial importance to the final structure, grain, shards quality and gloss. The vessels are first turned on the potter’s wheel. Later, the entire outer part of the vessels is then turned off with various tools. At the same time, fine dynamic structures are created and the grain of the material becomes visible.
The design features, such as color, shape, ornament, grain, shine, sound and weight form a unity. None should ultimately dominate. Martens’ personal claim to his works is that they should be exciting, calm and restrained. He gives each vessel the time and dedication it needs.