Arts & Design

Stefanie Hering, Bangkok 2018



Statement

 

Manufactum – the traces of the hand characterises every single object by Stefanie Hering. Her philosophy of pure craftsmanship creates sustainable, unique pieces of a high cultural value. This applies to her design collections, which are produced by craftsmen trained over many years, and in particular to her work as a freelance artist who realises each individual art object herself in all its stages. The special and inimitable features are Stefanie Hering’s consummate forms that spring from play,

trial and experiment as well as from the absolute knowledge of the porcelain material. Stefanie Hering, herself a trained porcelain master, explores the boundaries of the feasible and in her artistic endeavours constantly goes beyond them (for example, with special porcelain formulas, glazes or firing processes), making her a unique visionary in the art of porcelain making. Her work is innovative and stylistically influential, the forms autarchic and free, yet characteristic and recognisable in the understanding of form.

Honours & awards (selection):

  • Design prize of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Gold prize, Ceramic Biennale Korea
  • ICFF Editors Awards Craftsmanship, New York

Art and design collections (selection):

  • Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres
  • Grassimuseum, Leipzig


DIN CLAY TON
A Berlin – Ratchaburi Dialogue
By Stefanie Hering and
Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch

Exhibition | Project

Bangkok/Berlin 2019. On the initiative of Maren Niemeyer, head of the Goethe-Institute in Thailand, the BACC is exhibiting from 8 to 30 March 2019 a selection of artistic works by German porcelain designer Stefanie Hering and Thai photographer Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch in an extensive installation. The cultural dialogue encompasses Stefanie Hering’s own series of her hand-constructed porcelain vases and vessels, specially created for the showcase; the works are up to two metres in height, which is an absolute novelty in ceramic manufacturing. This series of art works, developed over the course of months and as spectacular as it is conscientious, could be realised only in the ceramic workshop of Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch in Ratchaburi. Here, Stefanie Hering found unique and still preserved manufacturing techniques for the implementation of her oversized objects. Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch captured the artistic manufacturing processes on-site in Thailand and also filmed in Stefanie Hering’s German workshop, where the first sketches came into being and the final touches were put to the porcelain editions. It is this film and photographic documentation that initially opens the eloquent dialogue between the two cultures to the viewers in all its sequences and invites them to examine their unique characteristics as well as the surprising similarities.

“It is our goal”, says Maren Niemeyer, head of the Goethe-Institut  in Thailand, “to promote the creative industry and the intercultural  exchange between Thailand and Germany, especially in regard to  the country-specific cultural technologies and artisan traditions in  the area of ceramics and porcelain manufacture. In these fields,  both artists are internationally-renowned masters of their craft”.

This project by the Goethe-Institut in BACC demonstrates the value  of traditional handcrafting and actively contributes to the  preservation of cultural technology that is threatened by industrial production. At the same time, it is documented how the two  artists develop an artistically new language form through free,  experimental approaches, thus forming innovative concepts in their  design practices that have not existed like this before now.

Concept of the exhibition:

Two cultures – ONE philosophy of pure craftsmanship. In March 2019, the presentation in the BACC kicks off an exhibition series which brings together Stefanie Hering’s porcelain works of art, handmade in Thailand and Germany, and the experimental documentation by film and photographic artist Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch. The viewer is taken on a cultural journey through time and place: Here is the elaborate, traditional cottage-industry manufacture that has been refined over hundreds of years and which is recognised today as being worthy of preservation, and there are the differences between the geographically separate cultures of Germany and Thailand – and last but not least, the clash between offline and online that is reflected in the ostensible contradiction between timeconsuming craftsmanship and its digital documentation and dissemination. The result? An inspiring field of tension that invites the observer to consider their own consumption and values.

Artistic idea of the series:

Out of the function-aligned culture of vessels, Stefanie Hering creates objects which, through their explicit size and powerfully expressive handmade character, have a sculptural, statuesque quality. The function gives way to the absolute aesthetic of the form.

 

Realization:

Stefanie Hering develops the basic forms through  construction and development in the Thai workshops.  In Germany, these are translated into porcelain in  Hering’s master workshop. The result is a completely new language of form for the “white clay”.

 

Manufacturing Processes:

Stefanie Hering is a trained porcelain master  and can rely in her artistic endeavours on her  absolute knowledge of the medium of porcelain.  She has now founded a studio in Thailand that  has made it possible for her to realise her unique, oversized objects in giant ceramic ovens. And it  was first in Thailand that she found the natural  raw materials that enable the creation of such  large-scale works. The collaboration with Thai  artisans is described by the artist as extremely  inspiring: “In Europe, the conditions and purpose  of innovation to create this sort of large, handmade ceramic object are lacking. Here in Thailand, I can experiment freely in workshops in which centuries- old craftsmanship meets pure joy of design. We will exhibit this happy combination and the results of  my work in the exhibition with the Goethe-Institut.”

 

Venues:

First exhibition venue: BACC 8-30 March 2019

Thereafter, the exhibition goes on a world tour.