Gabriele KochImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Studio 147, 147 Archway Road, Highgate, London, England, N6 5BL. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8292 3169
Email:
Web-site: www.gabrielekoch.co.uk
Availability: Visitors are welcome by appointment
Joined on: 2011-12-08
Last Updated: 2012-08-29

Artist's statement

Artist's statement

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.

'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

'Earth, water, air and fire. Gabriele Koch’s lovely pots speak of all four of those elements as vividly as any I know.'
Sir David Attenborough

Current work and Availability

Current work and Availability

Hand built burnished, smoke fired vessels. Working mainly towards exhibitions.

Availability of Work:
Studio 147, London: www.gabrielekoch.co.uk
Contemporary Applied Arts, London: www.caa.org.uk
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London: www.cpaceramics.com
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool: www.bluecoatdisplaycentre.com

For up to date information please contact Gabriele: see above.

Other Information:
Available for lectures

Technical Information

Technical Information

Grogged stoneware clays, porcelain, coloured slips burnished, bisque firing 1000C with subsequent smoke firing.

Career Background and Memberships

Career Background and Memberships

1967-73 University of Heidelberg, Degree in English, History, Political Science. Study and travels in Spain
1974-77 Camden Institute, London
1977-78 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, King's College, London
1979-81 Goldsmiths College Diploma in Art & Design, Ceramics, London
1982 Crafts Council Setting –up Grant
1984 Crafts Council London Individual Grant; Biennale Internationale de Céramique d'Art Prize, Vallauris
1987-98 Visiting lecturer at Farnham School of Art
1998 Lecture tour, Israel, British Council
2009 Publication of Gabriele Koch Hand building and smoke firing by Tony Birks introduced by Sir David Attenborough

Memberships:
Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers
Contemporary Applied Arts
Fellow of Craft Potters Association

Bibliography

Bibliography

Articles: (Selection last 6 years)
Tony Birks, Gabriele Koch, Ceramics, Art and Perception, March 2009
Emmanuel Cooper, exhibition review, Gabriele Koch, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, Ceramic Review, Sept/Oct 2008
June M Owen, Gabriele Koch, Ceramic Artist. The Northern Ceramic Society Journal, Vol. 22, 2005-2006
Tony Birks, Gabriele Koch, Ceramics Monthly, December 2005
Maria Schuely,Die Bewegung der Stille, Neue Keramik, Mai/Juni 2005

BOOKS (Selection last 5 years)
Annie Carlano, Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection, Yale University Press, 2010
Tony Birks, Gabriele Koch Hand building and smoke firing, Stenlake Publishing, 2009
Emmanuel Cooper (ed.), The Ceramics Book, 2008
Jane Perryman, Smoke Firing, A&C Black, 2008
Michael Hardy, Coiling, A&C Black, 2006
Michael Hardy, Handbuilding, revised edition, A&C Black,2004
Tim Andrews, Raku, 2nd edition, A&C Black, 2004

For full bibliography please refer to Crafts Council Photostore CV

Selected Exhibitions (last 6 years)

Selected Exhibitions (last 6 years)

Solo Exhibitions:
2011 Gabriele Koch, Studio 147, London
2010 Gabriele Koch, Beaux Arts , Bath
2009 Gabriele Koch, Studio 147, London
2009 Gabriele Koch, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorsert
2009 Focus Gabriele Koch, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

2008 The Elisabeth Zuckerman Memorial Exhibition, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2008 Gabriele Koch, Studio 147, London
2008 Gabriele Koch, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrrogate
2008 Gabriele Koch, Beaux Arts, Bath
2007 Gabriele Koch, Gallery 147, London
2007 Gabriele Koch, Galerie Meier, Freiburg, Germany,
2007 Gabriele Koch, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
2005 Gabriele Koch, Studio 147,London
2005 Die Bewegung der Stille – Gabriele Koch, Keramikmuseum Staufen (Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe), Germany

Group exhibitions:
2011 Fragile Stories, Manor House Art Gallery & Museum, Ilkley
2011 PRÄSENT, Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland
2011 COLLECT 2011, Saatchi Gallery, King's Road, London SW3
2011 SOFA New York, Park Avenue Armory Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York
2010 Contemporary British Studio Ceramics; The Grainer Collection, Mint Museum, Charlotte, U.S.A.
2010 SOFA New York
2010 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
2010 Yunomi, The Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbuz Hazorea, Israel
2010 A Living Space – Curated by Kit Kemp, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2010 Galleri Ad Hoc, Stavanger, Norway

2009 Woodbury Sudio Gallery, Exeter
2009 Wolterton Hall, Norwich
2009 Stories and Memories, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2009 Faszination Keramik 2009, Galerie am Bruehl, Gresgen, Germany
2009 COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London
2008 The Vessel, the Object, Kunstforum Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland
2008 Spring Exhibition, Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire
2008 Monochrome, Lund Gallery/European Ceramics, Easingwold, North Yorkshire
2008 COLLECT, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2008 Bols de collection, Terra Viva, Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, France

2007/08 The Pot, the Vessel & the Object, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth (touring)
2007/08 25 Years – Collect, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
2006 Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
2006 COLLECT, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2006 All Female Cast, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Stroud, Glos.

2005 SOFA- New York, USA
2005 One Piece – One Artist, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
2005 Modern Pots, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
2005 Masterpieces, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Loes&Reinier International Ceramics, Deventer, Holland
2005 Die Sprache der Dinge, Theodor-Zink-Museum, Kaiserslautern, Germany
2005 COLLECT, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2005 Biennale Européenne de Céramique Contemporaine 2005, Maison de l’Outil,Troyes, France

For full list of exhibitions see: Crafts Council Photostore CV

Public Collections

Public Collections

Museum of Art and Design, New York, U.S.A.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, U.S.A,
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA.  
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC, USA. 
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Sainsbury Collection - University of East Anglia, Norwich
Henry Rothschild Collection, York Art Gallery, York
Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Leeds City Art Gallery and Museum, Leeds
Shipley Art Gallery, Henry Rothschild Collection, Gateshead
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
Museum am Burghof, Loerrach, Germany
City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Volkshochschule, Loerrach, Germany
Le Conseil General de l'Aube, France
Augustinermuseum, Freiburg, Germany
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Towneley Hall Art Gallery, Burnley
Leeds Schools Loans Service, Leeds
Liverpool Museum, Liverpool
Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield
Contemporary Art Society, London
Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (the Keatley Trust), Birmingham
Lotte Reimers - Stiftung, Deidesheim,  Germany
Sammlung Rudolf Strasser Museen der Stadt Landshut, Germany
Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury
Aberdeen City Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Cleveland Studio Pottery Collection, Middlesbrough
Bradford City Art Gallery, Bradford

Work Styles

Work Styles

Porcelain
Unglazed
Handbuilt
Burnished
Sculptural
Pots - Big
Smoke