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Helga Ritsch
Cupped small vessel (2024)

Single piece, porcelain, white, unglazed

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This small cupped vessel is testament to Helga’s intimate connection with the turning wheel and ceramics. The organic pattern of grooves on the exterior, though not mathematically symmetrical, exudes a sense of absolute perfection as it gracefully accompanies the walls of the vessel, which rise from a small base to a larger opening. Inside, the more pronounced lines shaped by Helga's fingers reveal the artist's imprint, embodying the gentle human touch and care that go into each of her pieces.

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Crafted by Helga’s hands on the potter’s wheel, each piece is unique, without any possibility of replication. Skilfully crafted, this vessel gains its lasting strength during oxidation firing at 1,340°.

The artist used levigation, a purification method, to produce a particularly fine textured clay: this is visible on the exterior, while the inside maintains its natural state from when it was turned on the wheel.

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.

118 grams, height 59 mm, diameter 102 mm

White 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, metal or wood 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 reach out to us within a week after delivery.