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Helga Ritsch
Ming vessel (2024)

Single piece, Ming porcelain, black, unglazed

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Elegantly balancing on its tiny triangular base, this tea pourer may give the illusion of teetering en pointe like a dancer. Despite its delicate appearance, crafted from fine black Ming porcelain, it gains sturdiness through its even proportions. The artist’s trademark red thread, left long and dangling in this instance, adds a striking note of colour to the otherwise minimalist palette.


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

The artist faces challenges head-on – which might explain why black porcelain is one of her favourite materials, despite it being so volatile to work with. In this piece, she has shaped a slight jutting lip, making the vessel perfect to pour from. When not in use, it represents an especially commanding objet d’art.

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.

213 grams, height 76 mm, diameter 130 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.