Gésine Hackenberg, brooch 2016, glazed earthenware, oxidised silver, remanium
Gésine Hackenberg, brooch 2016, glazed earthenware, oxidised silver, remanium

Gésine Hackenberg, brooch 2016, glazed earthenware, oxidised silver, remanium
Gésine Hackenberg, <em>Spinning Body</em>, pendant 2016, earthenware, silk
Gésine Hackenberg,<em> Spinning Body</em>, pendant 2016, glazed earthenware, cord
Gésine Hackenberg, brooches 2016, earthenware, oxidised silver, remanium

Vessel; vase; bowl; plate. Traditionally, pottery for every-day use is thrown on a turntable. The clay is placed on the wheel-head in the centre, and when rotated, is squeezed and pulled upwards and outwards. The shape originates from movement. The shape almost is movement. The turning can be read in the result: circle and spiral are always present. The rim completes the container. It defines its function and serves as a decorative element at the same time.
This making-process was the starting-point for a new jewellery-collection by Gésine Hackenberg. She experienced the ‘throwing’ of the clay as a kind of meditation. The material must be centred, the mind must be focused – and has to let go of anything else. Making pottery is entirely about the material and the repetitive circular movement, about the hands and the emerging shape. Associations with Arabic Sufi dancers, pirouettes and whirling spins come to mind, where the dynamics of turning keep the centre balanced. The physical shape expresses a mood. The ceramic container turns into a body. Isn’t the body a vessel for the human spirit?