Elisabeth Schaffer

Favela 4

201615 x 40 cm
Porcelain blocks, handbuilt and structured; negative form of the labyrinthine interspaces; unified through parallelism.Foto: Antje Anders

Elisabeth Schaffer


As part of my working process I observe and research the many reciprocal effects between (geometric) bodies, material, and space.

Structure, smoothness, roughness, montage, visible signs of the physical material of clay support the stimulating interplay of surfaces, curves and edges. After seeing internet reports during the 2016 Olympics I became interested in the favelas in Rio. The problem and the beauty of these alternative urban structures were the motivation in my latest works to reflect on the current situation in the Favelas.

(Report: Buzzingcities Lab/Julia Jaroschewski and Sonja Peteranderl).


2008, 2009Activities in etching and lithography
1998, 81, 75, 72Participation in international ceramics symposiums in Poland, Israel, Sweden und Austria, Study trips to Vietnam, Japan, Spain
1951 -1961Apprentice ceramist; Student Academie of Applied Arts, Vienna, Diploma
1935born in Vienna, Austria


2010"Günther-Klinge-Preis", Cultural Award for Applied Arts, Gauting, DE
1986Mino, JP, Honourable Mention
1982Höhr-Grenzhausen, DE, "Westerwaldpreis 82"
1978Munich, DE, Bavarian State Award
1974Vallauris, FR, "Biennale Internationale de Céramique d´Art", Silvermedal


Berlin, DE, Kunstgewerbemuseum

Brüssel, BE, Musées Royaux d´Art et d´Histoire

München, DE, Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Pinakothek der Moderne

Saga, JP, Kunstmuseum

Wien, AT, Kulturamt der Stadt