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Helga Ritsch
Bulbous vase (small, 2024)

Single piece, porcelain, white, unglazed

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While it may be diminutive in size and delicate in appearance, this white vase commands presence. Taking it gently into your palm, you will feel that it also has a pleasing weight to it – more than perhaps anticipated for an object just 12cm wide. Barely perceptible ridges over the porcelain enhance the multisensorial experience that Helga Ritsch always achieves with her handcrafted pieces.


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

The artist has very clear memories of making things with her hands from an early age. It’s now something that instils her with a joyful sense of freedom, to which this beautifully bulbous vase bears witness. A tiny red thread wound around its base creates a final flourish, and may detach over time. Rather than seeing this as degradation, though, it signifies an affinity that will never truly be lost, even when the physical piece is untethered.

The bulbous 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.

185 grams, height 65 mm, diameter 80 mm

Finest Ming porcelain

The bulbous 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.