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.

She became a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in 2019.

EDUCATION

1960Born in Wuppertal , Germany
1981Apprenticeship in the ceramic studio of Albrecht Kidaisch, Tübingen, Germany
1983–1986Master degree “Maestro d’Arte” in ceramics, “Istituto d’Arte Florence”, Italy
1986Set up own ceramic studio in Figline Valdarno, Tuscany, Italy
1989/1990Post graduate diploma in ceramics, “Goldsmiths College London”, University of London
1993Opened the “Arte Ceramica” studio in Reggello, Tuscany, Italy
2019Opened new ceramic studio and gallery, “La Casina” in Figline Valdarno, Tuscany, Italy

In Figline, my hometown in Valdarno, south of Florence, in Roman and medieval times, “figulinae” were produced: small vases and statues out of clay.

My recent work is named FIGULINAE because my idea was, I throw miniature vessels on a potter’s wheel and put them in well-defined forms.

With this act of pressure, which I like to consider artistic, the small vases shape themselves and their combination gives birth to the final work, the result of an “unformed put into form“.

Functional vases, which on a small scale lose their original purpose, become works of art.