Leipzig ceramic artist Elke Sada describes her work series Hallstattpieces as “a combination of vibrant painting and archaic inspired shapes.”
It is the strong, wild colourfulness and unusual handbuilding of her expressive vases and bowls that immediately catches your eye. Neither the painting nor the forms are accidental in Sadas's work. Joints are not cleaned, traces of the working fingers are allowed, the rim is not evenly high and the colours are allowed to splash and run. All adds to an enormous vibrancy. With Hallstattpieces Sada unites the tradition of ancient craftsmanship with ambitions of modern ceramics.After 12 years working as a chemistry technician Sada decided to make a cut and study ceramics. In 2003 she graduated with a BA at Bath Spa University and in 2005 finished her MA at the Royal College of Art in London. Sada already has an impressive story of success with exhibitions in Europe, USA and Japan and numerous awards. In 2011 she won the Ceramic Prize Diessen for the theme of vase, in 2012 the Ceramic Review Award London and in 2015 the Grassipreis of the Carl and Anneliese Goerdeler Foundation in Leipzig. In 2019 she will be participating at the prestigious 10th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Korea.