Karin Putsch-Grassi was born in Germany in 1960. She did her apprenticeship in Albrecht Kiedaisch’s Ceramics studio in Tübingen. In 1982 she went to Florence, where she earned a “Maestro d’Arte” diploma at the “Istituto d’Arte” under the ceramicists Salvatore and Stefano Cipolla.
She realised her first ceramics in her own studio, where she experimented with local clays, glazes and firings. To this end, she built various wood-burning kilns that were always more sophisticated in their structure and dimensions. After attending several workshops given by John Colbeck, in 1989 she moved to London for a year and took a diploma in ceramic art at the Goldsmiths’ College. She then moved back to Tuscany, where the birth of her three children inspired her to undertake an enthusiastic teaching career.
She has participated in various seminars all over Europe, where she has been able to explore always more innovative techniques under the Master Ceramicists Takeshi Yasuda, Ruthanne Tudball, Wally Keeler, and Daphene Corregan.
Karin Putsch-Grassi’s works have been displayed at numerous exhibitions and museums throughout Europe. Moreover, they have also found a highly-appreciated place in private collections.
|1960||Born in Wuppertal , Germany
|1981||Graduation from high school|
|Apprenticeship in the Ceramic Studio of Albrecht Kidaisch, Tübingen, Germany|
|1982||Studied sculpture and painting at “Italart”, Figline Valdarno|
|Moved to Florence, Italy|
|1983–1986||“Istituto d’Arte “ Florence, Master Degree (“Maestro d’Arte”) in Ceramics with Salvatore and Stefano Cipolla|
|1986||Set up own ceramic studio in Figline Valdarno, Tuscany|
|1988/1989||Attended the“La Meridiana” International School of Ceramics, Certaldo: workshops with John Colbeck Gualdo Tadino, Italy
|1989/1990||Attended the “Goldsmiths College London” (University of London), “Postgraduate Diploma in Ceramics” taught by ceramic artists Takeshi Yasuda and Magdalena Odunda|
|1993||Opened the “Arte Ceramica” studio at Reggello (Tuscany)|
|Since 1998||Travelled around Europe to participate and work in different ceramic studios and ceramic schools|
|Since 2001||Has taught in different ceramic studios and schools, such as Pandora (Rome), SACI (Florence), Masaccio (San Giovanni Valdarno) and La Meridiana (Certaldo)|
|2009||Built and fired her first “Glass Bottle Kiln”|
|2010||CUT and STRETCH – changed the direction of her throwing technique|
|2011||Invited, as the artist in question, to demonstrate the building and firing processes of the glass bottle kiln at the International Ceramic Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales|
|2012||Built the Glass Bottle Kiln in Lugarno, Switzerland|
|2013||Invited, as the artist in question, to build the Glass Bottle Kiln at the Ceramic Festival in Pszczyna , Poland|
|2015||Artist in residence at the Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park, Japan