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Ute Grossman Stylish decorated ceramics

September 17, 2014

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Ute Grossmann was born in Dresden, Germany in 1960. Having originally studied Chemical Engineering, she gravitated towards the arts with studies in painting and graphics at the  Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden in 1998/1999. On discovering her ceramics, I was not only amazed at the vast body of her work but also the variety of textures, colours and surfaces that she creates. A real textile designers dream in ceramic form : )

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Beautiful ranges of pond greens, Ute’s patterns here make me think of frogspawn, underwater plants, cell structures, Klimt, Hundertwasser and Pre-Raphelite masterpieces.

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These are definitely inspired by plant structures, sycamore seeds and spiky interlocking thorns.

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More non-symmetrical forms with little legs.

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In 2003, Ute became a member of the Association of Artists as a freelance ceramicist and her early work also involves using mosaic sculptures in public places. All her ceramic art still displays mosaic aspects, but are now also mixed with raku, which has become a more prominent feature over the last three years. Here’s some more monochrome yet still highly textured forms.

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Raku glazes add additional crackles and root structure shapes, with dashes of colour in specific sections of each ceramic.

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Mosaic ceramics and Paul Klee style surfaces make me think of Tiffany Lamps and stained glass windows.

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These are almost painterly.

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This highly decorated pot below was based on Italian floor tiles.

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Ute has also created her own fantastical ceramic menagerie, sometimes with people too ! What a great imagination she has.

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I love these lazy leaf decorated toads and wordy chameleons.

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Highly decorated, quirky and often smile inducing, there’s never a dull moment with Ute’s work around you. What says you Fishink readers ?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2014 8:26 am

    Beautiful! What an amazing body of work. P.S. Your blog is a constant delight – a treat for the start of the day.

    • September 17, 2014 8:44 am

      Thank you Rachel, Great to hear and especially for the P.S. : ) Have a great day

  2. Karen Smith permalink
    September 17, 2014 8:48 am

    Exciting original funny …….beautiful colours wonderous expertly created big big like !

    • September 17, 2014 11:06 am

      Thanks Karen, spot on, in every respect ! Cheers for the comment

  3. September 18, 2014 8:05 pm

    I tried to choose a favorite, and whittled my list down to around ten… can’t choose. All beautiful in their own unique way. Yes, definitely seeing Klimt and Tiffany. Thanks for bringing this artist to our attention.

    • September 18, 2014 9:59 pm

      There’s sooo much choice, definitely something to suit everyone. If you can get it down to ten you’re doing well : )

  4. Handan Durgut permalink
    September 19, 2014 9:40 am

    What a wonderful world madame. You are magnificent storyteller!

  5. Torhild F. Jacobsen permalink
    January 15, 2016 3:16 pm

    So viele wunderschöne Sachen, Ute! Ich liebe was du machst!

  6. carmen garcia permalink
    July 18, 2016 6:55 pm

    Beautiful work that makes me love color on everything around us

  7. Susana Casadevalle permalink
    April 29, 2018 6:59 pm

    Wonderful your works Ute. A hug from Argentina.

  8. Rebecca Hedlund permalink
    November 1, 2020 4:30 pm

    Just found your blog through a link on Pinterest. Have long loved Ute Grossman’s work and your presentation of the vast range of her creativity is wonderful. I plan to explore your other posts. Thank you for sharing!

    • November 1, 2020 4:50 pm

      Thank you Rebecca, I hope you enjoy reading my other posts as much. Welcome

  9. November 26, 2020 10:38 am

    what delightful and original art! i just found your blog recently and already through it, have “discovered” some fantastic artists and their art. thanks!

  10. May 8, 2022 12:33 pm

    these are fantastic, as the person before me has said, so original and playful and beautiful! thanks so much fr sharing, they are an inspiration.

  11. Kathy Trexel Reed permalink
    July 17, 2022 12:39 pm

    Please describe her technique… does she carve the textures (like mishima) into her clay forms to look like mosaid tessarae?

    • July 17, 2022 5:05 pm

      I don’t know her technique exactly but would imagine it involves, painting, engraving, scoring, embossing and quite a few other ways of markmaking.

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