My WORK

Vessels

I wedge and throw clockwise, i.e. to the right - as it is traditionally done in the Far East, with stoneware clay entirely without grog, but Pictures and Objects are made of stoneware clay with very fine grog. At 850ºC, I fire all finished items for the first time (biscuit firing), then glaze them with self-made glazes, and fire them again in an electric kiln at 1250º to 1280ºC for about 8 hours for the 2nd time.

The Vessels are made with very thin walls and thus rather appear like thin porcelain, and are often interspersed with old Chinese luck symbols. Sometimes a Vessel is also an Object.

Of course there also are tea sets, bowls, plates, boxes - all items for daily use. These beautiful and useful items are obviously also practical and so they are all dishwasher-proof. All Vessels have a clear yet modest basic shape and make their impression through their mostly shiny, colour-changeable crystal-and/or-ash glazes.


Objects

My Object "Trails in the Desert" which I had created for the Ceramics Biennial in Cairo in the year 2000 consists of four potter's wheel-produced spherical artifacts with I have perforated with symbols and set in a sandy landscape. Exactly as the wind erodes cliffs and leaves behind bizarre holes and crevasses, I have cut signs and images into this clay to represent various different cultures which have moved through the Egyptian desert.

Another example of Objects are the "lucky stones", i.e. ceramic balls that are all over punctuated by Chinese luck symbols and are resting on a found stone as base.

Also various 'Well Projects' have to be mentioned - e.g. the "bamboo well", a bowl with a well basin and many (ceramic) bamboo sticks.- Or "Ararat", the mountain teeming with animals in a big bowl with Ark and shards. And then there is the "healing herb well" which can be viewed at the Falkenstein pharmacy in Königstein-Falkenstein, Germany.


Pictures

My Pictures are either free-formed, mostly glazed, sometimes in combination with gold leaf, Thai silk and acrylic colours, mounted on a wooden plate and, already for technical reasons: always in a frame.

Or I use another working technique for Pictures, namely a printing process - as showcased by the example of the kimono series:
I work on old kimono designs on the computer and modify these to a desirable size. I then cut a linoleum plate and hand-print 4 - 5 thin Japanese paper sheets in one printing process, and then gild part of these with gold-leaf. The printing plate is cleaned up and I print into a thin clay plate: the 3rd dimension gets built up, then dried, fired, glazed, fired, gilded, put on Thai silk and framed.

The model for my kimono series is katagami, i.e. the Japanese art of material printing with paper stencils. Mulberry paper is soaked in persimmons juice, the pattern is cut into it and stabilised with wax. Dragonflies, herons, cranes and swallows are the "model animals" of choice. The oldest stencil prints have their origins in the time of about 1640. These old black-and-white patterns served as inspiration for the origination of my ceramic and silk Pictures.



BAMBOO is a perpetually worked-on subject. Bamboo sticks and leaves of glazed ceramic set on Thai silk, and sometimes still extended with acrylic ink, often have a hanging scroll format, i.e. they are about 30cm wide and 120cm high, the complete (triptych-type) picture being made up of 2,3 or 5 single pictures.

In China and Japan ... bamboo is a symbol of survival, of strength, of not giving up under the most difficult circumstances. Big trees defy any storm with their big trunks - but they'll still break even if they are strong. Yet bamboo is strong and resists in a much more effective way: by bending and bowing and always coming straight again. The wind in bamboo is the music of Heaven.

Ines Nickchen - White Bamboo -

 

Yin and Yang and other philosophical subjects such as the elements ... are shown in triangular format. "The Three" denotes concentration on the Essential, a sign of the divine world order.

 

A far greater range of Pictures and Objects has been created for the theme "Places of Faith". This was inspired by a major exhibition of Ines Nickchen and disciples at the Berlin Cathedral in 1995/96. These works include the altar table with the Giralda of Sevilla (the steeple of the Sevilla Cathedral originally was a Moorish minaret), and a local church steeple with a golden dome and heathen graffiti as table feet. On the glass plate spanning these 2 feet there is a ceramic Bible. The Bible comes to life: the figures and objects in Matthew 15 (feeding the 4000 in the desert) were taken from the Bible and put next to it.

 

Furthermore there are also landscape pictures made of ceramic. These include a series of pictures about the Lake of Stechlin, a most beautiful, clear lake in Brandenburg (viz. Theodor Fontane, Chapter 1, "Der Stechlin").

 NEW: waldGLASweg in Glashütten. A glas-art-info path including 7 special points of interest interpreted in glass by me. Opened in 2013.

Art is Striving for Harmony

This is the ancient Far East definition for art which I personally feel most akin to because I am entirely convinced that mankind prefers harmony to provocation in order to achieve more peaceful solutions.

And ... Radiesthesia can measure it for you: right-thrown ceramic and positive forms .. generate positive vibrations.

It is also well-known that positive pictures contribute to the power of healing.

And yes ...
"ART" may certainly have its origins in "art"isanship, i.e. crafts and craftsmanship.



THE ARTIST



INES NICKCHEN

  • born in Berlin, Germany
  • studied biology and geography in Berlin
  • high school teacher in Berlin
  • travelled Africa, Latin America, S.E.Asia
  • 1980: lecturer of German at the Kobe Shoka University, Japan
  • and: disciple of ceramics expert Takako Araki in Nishinomya, Japan
  • 1981: establishment of a ceramics studio in Bangkok, Thailand, guided by ceramics and art Professor Thaweethai Boriboon
  • 1986: own ceramics atelier in Berlin
  • 1996: own ceramics atelier in Moscow
  • Since 2000, own workshop and atelier in Glashütten / near Frankfurt / Germany

 

Ines Nickchen

 

If you wish to visit me at my workshop in Glashütten and look at, buy or order from my permanent exhibition here ...
you are indeed very welcome at all times!
It would be most advisable if you could simply make a quick appointment with me by phoning:
Tel: ++49-(0)6174-963656

CERAMICS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

 

For anyone who would like to participate in one of my weekly ceramics classes, there are two options:

  • Wednesdays - from   9:15 to 14:00   
  • Wednesdays - from  15:00 to 19:00  

In each of these classes, a maximum of 7 persons will work on their self-designed projects under my guidance. New course members, if  beginners, will be integrated in a special 8 - week programme. Beginners will first learn the basic techniques allowing them to soon work independently. A main focus from the beginning will be creativity, which also develops quite naturally whilst working with clay. The basic course, therefore, not only concerns itself with creating bowls, vases and plates, but also concentrates on ceramic objects and pictures. The working groups will do creative work, interspersed with relevant discussions and laughter, not forgetting a tea break.

There are also exhibitions which we plan and organize ourselves. We dicuss and find a title under which we start to create objects, sculpturs, vessels, pictures which will be exhibited in galleries, museums, churches   These exhibitions are always art events at the same time, including texts and specially for this occasion composed music by Isidora Diefenbach, as at our last exhibtion "Lichtseiten" 2017. Please see "Termine" for more information.