Westerwälder stoneware clay in salt firing: Vessel objects and art-in-architecture

Westerwald stoneware clays are the raw material of Martin Goerg's work, various production techniques are used: free throwing and free building-up by hand. A characteristic feature is the firing of the ceramics in the open flame, thus complex vessel objects and large vessels are created. 

 

Interview with Martin Goerg

Please briefly describe your career and how you came to this profession?
As a child I always had contact with ceramics through my family and so my passion to work in ceramics developed early.

Which ceramics do you produce mainly in your workshop?
I work in different fields: In addition to my vessel objects, I also create tableware and structural ceramics. From time to time I also have orders to carry out art-in-architecture projects.
 

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Why do you work with ceramic bodies from G&S? Which clay do you use?
I mainly work with bodies 254, 474 and 480, depending on the format or complexity of the work. Basically, I appreciate the simplicity of the bodies so that I can also combine different production types within one work without any problems.
These materials are also ideal for my stoneware salt firing.

What are the most important characteristics which make your ceramics so popular?
First of all, my works have a formal straightness but at the same time also an exciting form. In addition there is a differentiated, haptically interesting surface, which is characterized by a lively salt firing. This contrast between apparent simplicity and the complex exterior fascinates me.

Where do you get your ideas from? How is a new design created?
The ideas for new works usually come from existing ones, so that often one develops from the other. The surfaces also often emerge from processes that I observe in the salt firing reactions.
 


Martin Goerg is a member of the Keramikgruppe Grenzhausen.
Further informationen about:   Keramikgruppe  &   Martin Goerg