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Helga Ritsch
Merged vase (2024)

Single piece, porcelain, black, unglazed

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As a testament to Helga Ritsch’s fascination with exploring the unknown, this piece represents her many forays into experimentation. She takes familiar shapes and melds them into something new, testing how materials will react. This black rounded porcelain vase merges two pieces – its opening at the top enriched with deep green Mangan oxids and its surface pressed with evenly spaced grooves.


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

Much in line with the winter cycle ‘what about us?’, this piece explores the merging of forms. It is rich in subtle details, too: a black thread, and very faintly, over its grooved surface, a cross and a circle – the artist’s recurring symbols for ‘memento mori’ – have been swept across with an old iron brush.

The vase 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.

1157 grams, height 160 mm, diameter 190 mm

Ming porcelain

The vase 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.