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Helga Ritsch
Vessel (medium, 2023)

Singular piece, ceramic, black, unglazed

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Crafted individually, each piece embodies a unique form and identity, shaped by the artist's intellectual and physical interaction during its creation. With its minimalist architectural character, this vessel has a presence that gracefully fills the space. Though not immediately visible, the tiny pedestal elevates the bowl, creating an ever-changing interplay of light and shadow around and below it. Despite its delicate appearance, the surface is pleasantly rough to the touch; as your hands glide over the vessels curves, a raw sound emerges, reminiscent of nature and unexpectedly soothing. A multi-sensory piece that promises daily delight, regardless of its intended use.


Crafted entirely by Helga’s hands on the potters wheel, each piece is unique, without any possibility of replication. Skilfully crafted in Ming porcelain, known for its translucent look, this piece gains its lasting strength during oxidation firing at 1,340°.

This piece features an accompanying black thread, a recurring motif in Helga Ritsch’s work. This unexpected object of daily use seamlessly integrates with the vessel and adds more character to it. Over time, this delicate decorative element might detach itself from the vessel – a “loss” that isnt truly a loss, as it symbolises your ongoing appreciation and use of the piece.

Each vessel bears the artist’s signature and stamp, and is created at her atelier, located within her 400-year-old home in Soazza, a village of just over 300 inhabitants nestled in the Swiss mountains.

384 g, height 95 mm, diameter 180 mm

Ming porcelain

The vessel is dishwasher safe. However, once you hold your piece in your hands, you will probably prefer to care for it personally. We recommend handwashing it gently with a soft sponge and thoroughly drying it. Do not wash it with any cleansing agents and avoid using abrasive sponges. It must not be directly exposed to temperature shocks, whether from a flame, conventional oven, microwave, induction cooktop, freezer, refrigerator or other source of heat or cold. Avoid any shocks or friction. If you care for it, it will last a lifetime and beyond, unless it is accidentally dropped or shattered. Over time, this unglazed piece may develop a distinct patina, a natural transformation influenced by its purpose and usage. Evolving at its own unhurried pace, this process enriches your piece, rendering it truly one of a kind. 

Every porcelain object is meticulously packaged to ensure its safe delivery. In the rare event of any cracks occurring during shipping, please contact us within a week of delivery.