About halfway between Dresden and Berlin, far away from the restless city turmoil, lies Gosda, a small, sleepy, idyllic village in a rural 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 his studio to create his ceramics.
For his black ceramics, Martens mostly blends natural 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 and later, the entire outer skin of the vessels is turned off with various tools.
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. The magic that gives the pieces a soul is of great importance to him. He gives each vessel the time and dedication it needs.