Q: Where are you from? and where are you now?
A: I am from Austria in Europe, but my influences are from all over the world, especially the places I have visited and lived in.
I have been in the USA, Japan, India and Iran for longer periods and recently have traveled several times to Africa.
My base and studio is in the Austrian countryside, where I have enough space to work and experiment.
Q: Tell me your brief story (career) till now you are right here as an artist?
A: I started to do ceramics in New York, when I was there to study Jazz. But my focus shifted to ceramics soon and I continued
doing only ceramics. Then I went to Seto and apprenticed with Morikaki Fumitada and later moved to Karatsu to learn with Nakazato Takashi. I soaked up the Japanese idea of ceramics, which was very new and different for me. At first it was difficult to understand, but slowly I began to appreciate the great depth of Japanese sensibility and craft.
Then I did a long, one-year overland trip back to Vienna. Going through China, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Iran, Syria and Turkey. After a short time at University in Vienna, I set up my studio in the place where it is now.
Since then I have done many exhibitions and projects worldwide. Recently I started The Loyal Exports, a project where I sell my work in markets in different countries, one piece for about 150 yen only. Then I document the customers and how they live with my works.
Q: Why you chose to be a potter for your expression?
A: It is a material with great potential for expression. The potters statement can be very subtle, in a way much more delicate than so-called fine art, which often conveys it´s message with too much force. With each piece, the potter hints at a way of living that he or she recommends or dreams of.
Q: What turn you on?
A: When someone has passion for something.
Q: What’s your next?
A: Get some rest.
Interview： August, 2016
Photographed by Lisa Edi
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