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
1981 Apprenticeship in the Ceramic Studio of Albrecht Kidaisch, Tübingen, Germany
1982 Studied sculpture and painting at “Italart”, Figline Valdarno
1982 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
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