Gabriele Koch

Gabriele Koch concentrates on simple forms, trying to integrate balance and tension, stillness and movement, expansion and the containment of volume, precision and spontaneity.

Koch’s most recent work sees a shift from low fired earthenware to high fired stoneware, combining rough black clay with white porcelain, giving her the opportunity to create strong graphic designs in contrasting colours. Koch’s inspiration for this body of work came from looking at geological landscape and how different layers of sediment combine in rock formations. This led to the idea of combining quite opposite materials like stoneware clay and porcelain. She became interested in the possibilities of linear patterns organizing the space of a three dimensional form, exploring how the dynamics of the line can change the energy of a piece. There is a development from the simple movement of the spiral to the irregularly spaced cross movements of a stringed pattern to the vibrational alignment of horizontal lines. At the centre of her work, however, stands the development of the form trying to integrate balance and tension, stillness and movement.

All pieces are hand built stoneware clay with inlaid porcelain, fired to stoneware temperature.


  • 1948 Loerrach, Germany


  • 1979-81 Postgraduate Diploma in Art & Design, Ceramics, Goldsmiths College, London
  • 1977-78 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, King’s College, London
  • 1967-73 Degree in English, History, Political Science, University of Heidelberg, Germany


  • 1984 Individual Grant, Crafts Council
  • 1984 Biennale Internationale de Céramique d'Art Prize, Vallauris, France
  • 1982 Setting Up Grant, Crafts Council

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2021 Form through Fire, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
  • 2020 Sladers Yard Gallery, Bridport, Dorset (Solo)
  • 2020 The London Art Fair, Thrown Gallery/Boundary Gallery, London
  • 2019 UK-China Ceramic Art Exhibition, Yixing, China
  • 2019 Collect, with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2017 Home from Home, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2017 Collect, with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2017 Stalwart, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
  • 2015 Smoke fired Earthenware and Soft Stoneware (solo), Studio 147, London
  • 2015 International Ceramic Biennial, Haacht, Belgium
  • 2015 Hilton Fine Art, Bath
  • 2015 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2014 New Work (solo), Studio 147, London
  • 2014 Teabowl: Form, Function, Expression. Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford
  • 2012 New Departures (solo), Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
  • 2011 Praesent, Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 2011 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2011 SOFA, New York, USA
  • 2011 Contemporary British Studio Ceramics, Mint Museum, Charlotte, USA
  • 2010 Gabriele Koch, Beaux Arts, Bath
  • 2010 Yunomi, The Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbuz Hazorea, Israel
  • 2009 Gabriele Koch, Alpha House Gallery. Sherborne
  • 2008 The Elizabeth Zuckermann Memorial Exhibition (solo), Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
  • 2007 Gabriele Koch, Galerie Meier, Freiburg, Germany
  • 2006 Showcase, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • 2001 Gabriele Koch, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2001 Gabriele Koch, Galerie Pierre, Paris
  • 1998 Gabriele Koch, European Ceramics, Knaresborough
  • 1996 Gabriele Koch, Crafts Council at the V&A, London
  • 1992 Influential Europeans in British Design and Craft, Crafts Council, London
  • 1990 Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Their Pupils, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

Selected Publications

  • 2020 Louisa Taylor, Ceramic Masterclass, Thames & Hudson
  • 2016 Amanda Game: Contemporary British Crafts, The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Philip Wilson Publishers,
  • 2014 Firing Kilns, Benedict Brierly, Bloomsbury
  • 2013 Gabriele Koch – Why Change?, Tony Birks, Ceramics, Art and Perception, issue 91
  • 2010 Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection, Yale University Press
  • 2009 Gabriele Koch - Hand building and smoke firing, Tony Birks, Stenlake Publishing
  • 2008 Smoke Firing, Jane Perryman, A&C Black
  • 2006 Coiling, Michael Hardy, A&C Black


  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
  • Sainsbury Collection, Norwich
  • Henry Rothschild Collection, York Art Gallery, York
  • City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
  • Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Le Conseil General de l’Aube, France
  • Museum fuer Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany

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