"In Ceramics, there is something that lies beyond skill and experience: it is passion, an intensity which is evident in the work of Gabriele Koch." Tony Birks.
I am concentrating on simple forms, trying to integrate balance and tension, stillness and movement, expansion and the containment of volume.
All pieces are hand built and some are burnished to achieve a tactile surface. In some pots I have incorporated texture to create a contrast between rough and burnished surface areas. The distinctive patterning which complements these burnished forms is achieved in a carefully organized secondary smoke firing.
My most recent work sees a shift from low fired earthenware to high fired stoneware, combining rough black clay with white porcelain, giving me the opportunity to create strong graphic designs in contrasting colours.