Receptacles from the porcelain manufactory Schoemig, some of which are decorated with graphic hand-drawings, captivate due to their clean forms and sensuous delicacy. Responsible for these individual masterpieces is the ceramicist Claudia Schoemig.
After several years’ worth of experience as a ceramicist, the study of fine arts as well as workshop and gallery occupations in the role of fine artist, Schoemig founded her own porcelain atelier in 2011 in the city of Berlin. It is here that the objects are designed and created. Schoemig uses mainly traditional techniques, among them the complex free spinning pottery wheel. Her receptacles possess a unique radiance: the matte, satin polish finish of the outside transmits the feeling of paper, whereas on the inside the receptacles boast shiny glazes. Lines reminiscent of pencil drawings, burned into the porcelain, give the GRAPH collection its individuality. The SILHOUET line on the other hand captivates with an interplay of contours, the subtle contrast between light and shade, momentum and counter-resonance. Owing to their high material strength the vessels are well suited to daily use and can even be cleaned in the dishwasher.
In the hand-crafting of porcelain, experience, instinct and a good eye are essential. On the pottery wheel, the soft porcelain mass from France is turned into saucers, crockery and other unique objects according to designs by Claudia Schoemig. After surface drying, the vessel contour is fine tuned and final nuances adjusted. The workpiece is then dried and rendered with a natural sponge to create an impeccable surface. After the first firing at 900 °C, a piece is then glazed. It is at this half-finished, fragile stage that the pencil drawings are applied onto the object. During the second firing at around 1320 °C, sintering then gives the porcelain its exceptional hardness and robustness. In a final step the unglazed outside of the vessel is sanded down into a silky-matte surface, a subtle detail which makes the objects truly sensual to the touch.