Michael Cleff

From the series: "On Groundplans"

2010Height 55cm
handbuilt, stoneware and engobeFoto: Michael Cleff

I work with stoneware clay, which has a very characteristic aesthetics. For supporting this fact I developed a "system of controlled coincidence" which encourages the development of irregularities in form, surface and colour. By grinding some parts of the sculpture with diamond tools after glaze firing, I highlight the stony character of the stoneware and produce a subtle palette of colour and texture. The outside appearance of the material is not meant as an end in itself, but as a flexible instrument in gaining the idea of sculpture.


2011Studio in Mülheim/Ruhr
1999Studio in Hattingen
1990-96Academy of Fine Arts Düsseldorf, with Prof. Fritz Schwegler
1980-82Apprenticeship as a potter, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1961born in Bochum


2004"European Ceramic Contest", Athens, Bronze Prize
2002"The 6th International Ceramic Competition", Mino, Special Judge´s Award
2002"18. Biennale Internationale de Céramique d´Art de Vallauris", Grand Prix
1997"50th Premio Faenza, Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d´Arte
1990"Richard Bampi Preis", 2. Prize


American Craft Museum, New York N.Y. (USA)

Long Beach Museum, Long Beach Cal. (USA)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Tex. (USA)

Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Mino (Japan)

Musée Nationale de Céramique, Sèvres (France)