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Helga Ritsch
Structural stoneware vessel (2024)

Single piece, stoneware, sandy, unglazed

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“Same, but not the same,” is how the Swiss artist describes her handcrafted pieces, each created with the utmost care in her tranquil mountain home. The rough surface of this stoneware vessel is surprisingly pleasant to the touch. Helga Ritsch’s architectural background comes through in the faint ridge and subtle shift from a gently convex form to an opposing concave shape.


Skilfully crafted entirely by Helga’s hands on the potter's wheel, each piece is unique, without any possibility of replication. This structural stoneware vessel gains its lasting strength during oxidation firing at 1,340°. All of Helga’s unglazed works are finely sanded twice by hand.

This piece features a raw sandy-hued finish, which recurs throughout Helga Ritsch’s work. The central base on which the broader body of the vessel so elegantly and evenly rests is comparatively tiny, and further demonstrates the exemplary quality of the item.

The 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.

443 grams, height 95 mm, diameter 183 mm


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 stoneware 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.