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Helga Ritsch
Low vessel (2024)

Single piece, porcelain, white, unglazed

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This slightly shorter version of other similar white porcelain vessels by Helga Ritsch is otherwise not smaller in any other respect. It is also translucent, and bears an even outside surface and clean lines leading down from the rim to a tiny triangular base on which it perches. A signature red thread is looped in a tiny stitch over the lip, instead of alongside it, as in some of the artist’s other vessels.


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

If you look closely, an ‘H’ stamp can be found on all of the artist’s pieces, which is made with a seal Helga Ritsch’s father gave her as a child. Each piece also features the hand-carved year of production. The subtle difference in the shape of this piece is most pronounced when it is displayed with its similar siblings.

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.

366 grams, height 80 mm, diameter 195 mm

Finest 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.