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Helga Ritsch, Shingo Oka
Tiny painted vessel (2024)

Single piece, porcelain, white, glazed

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Some objects stand as testament to new possibilities, much like encounters that feel like defining moments. When master ceramist Shingo Oka visited ceramic artist Helga Ritsch in her Soazza atelier, both eventualities came to life. This small vessel, unmistakably shaped by Helga on the turning wheel, bears her distinct touch. Oka-san’s brushes and colours then revealed another, perhaps unexpected, facet of its character, blending traditional Japanese motifs with the natural landscape outside Helga’s window. This beautiful piece is testament to the artistry that unfolds when creative souls meet, marking the dawn of the exclusive Artisan Circle.


This piece embodies the convergence of two master artists, where Helga’s shaping hands and Oka-san’s vibrant brushes unite. Skilfully crafted, this vessel gains its lasting strength during oxidation firing.

Crafted from fine white Ming porcelain, the vessel is adorned with a transparent glaze both inside and outside. The clay is so finely worked that you can perceive the shadow of your fingers through it when held up to the light.

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.

86 grams, height 53 mm, diameter 87 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.