The Austrian artist Andrea Baumann stands out as a special figure in the current landscape of European ceramics because her porcelain pieces articulate a dialogue of great poetry between the natural behavior of the material and the dictations of her own will. She has developed casting, demoulding and drying techniques that promote random deformations without exceeding the limits of a certain conventional functionality. To take one of her plates or bowls in your hand is to discover the liberation of gesture offered by this surprising lightness. Instantly we become more delicate, less raw. And we are surprised by its own capacity for adjustment, purely instinctive moreover, to adapt to the finesse of these perfectly utilitarian pieces.
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