The ceramic work of Austrian born artist Matthias Kaiser approaches the creation of functional objects from the intrinsic quality of the material, while taking into account the playfulness between ‘perfect’ and ‘imperfect’.
Seeking to showcase the steps that constitute the process of creation, rather than hide them, Kaiser opens a window to the mystery that is the transformational process of earth into functional objects such as cups, teapots and vases.
The refinement of natural materials always bears seemingly endless possible outcomes in terms of texture, surface, weight and glaze color, and it is precisely these “accidents” combined with the artist’s intention that Kaiser investigates through his ceramic pieces. There is a certain poetry revealed when an artist manipulates natural materials in such a way as to include the natural imperfections as a part of the art rather than trying to hide them.
Kaiser’s background includes time spent at Parsons School of Design in New York and at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts. His modern take on traditional Japanese ceramic technique was honed by apprenticing with two Japanese master potters in Seto and Karatsu.