Angela Burkhardt-Guallini (b. 1953, Switzerland) is a Swiss ceramicist with Italian roots. She first set up her studio in 1978 and, following a stay in Asia, has been exploring the technique of neriage, a technique for creating patterns in ceramic art or pottery using coloured clay, in her porcelain work since 1984. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums internationally over the past three decades, including solo exhibitions at the Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan, 2011) and Keramikmuseum Staufen (Germany, 2019). She has received numerous prizes for her work, including the Bronze Award at the 2005 7th Mino International Ceramics Competition (Japan), Kerameikon Silver Medal at the 2012 4th Varaždin International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics (Croatia), and most lately, the Shimada City Prize at the 2019 5th Sasama International Ceramic Art Festival (Japan).

So many components like form, pattern and colour need to be balanced in order to produce a harmonious effect. Nature is my teacher and an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Everywhere I come upon form and structure. In addition, my creative abilities are stimulated by architecture. The Neriage technique enables me to express my feelings in my own style. It allows me to break new grounds in the field of ceramics and to explore the very limits of coloured porcelain. The Neriage technique leads me to new ways of interpreting an ancient technique. Also, I strictly concentrate on basic elements and translating them into contemporary forms.

2011 – Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

2018 – Clay Between Two Nations, The Nanyang Clay Group 7th Exhibition, Singapore
2017 – Facets of Japanese Art, Galerie Claudia Geiser, Switzerland
Galerie Grunder Perren Kunst & Mehr, Switzerland
East and West Invitational Exhibition – Heritage and Diversity, Hanyang University, South Korea
Anna Schmid Schmuck & Gäste, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie 7 Atelier Création, Switzerland
Galerie Claudia Geiser, Switzerland
Galerie Das Da, Switzerland
2013 Art Affairs 2013, Switzerland
Galerie Das Ding, Switzerland
Zuger Asien Kunsttage, Switzerland
Yvart, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
Galerie Das Ding, Switzerland
Ceramics of Europe, Denmark
2009 – Monte Verita, Switzerland
2007 – Galerie Das Ding, Switzerland

2019 – Shimada City Prize, Sasama International Ceramic Art Festival, Japan
2012 – Silver Award, Ceramica Multiplex, Varazdin, Croatia
2011 – Winner, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2009 – Westerwald Prize, Ceramics of Europe, Germany
2007 – Diploma of Honor, The 4th World Ceramic Biennale Icheon, South Korea
2005 – Bronze Award, The 7th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan
2004 – Berner Design Award, Switzerland
2002 – Price of The Jury, Stansstad, Switzerland Pro Keramik, Switzerland
1999 – Recognition Award, 4th Swiss Ceramics Competition, Switzerland

2020 – Finalist, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2016 – Finalist, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2014 – Honourable Mention, The 10th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan
2012 – Finalist, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2011 – Honourable Mention, The 9th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan
2008 – Honourable Mention, The 8th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan

Japan Museum, Sasama
Keramik-Museum Berlin, Germany
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Korea Ceramic Foundation
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
Kerameikon Croatian Ceramic Association
Bern Foundation for Applied Arts and Design, Switzerland

Bamboo, 2019
Porcelain coloured, Reduction Firing, 1250°C. Neriage
H 11 x 27 x 25 cm

Burkhardt-Guallini’s single-minded passion for neriage is driven by the challenge of combining traditional craftsmanship with modern design. Her pursuit of new patterns and perfection leads her to explore new ways of interpreting the ancient technique, opening up a world of infinite variations and possibilities. The complexity of its expressions pushes the ceramicist to explore the limits of coloured porcelain, breaking new ground in the process. Guided by her feelings, and using only the finest porcelain from Seto, Japan, her work is centred on translating basic elements into clear patterns and contemporary forms. For the ceramicist, harmony can only be achieved with the balancing of form, pattern and colour. Form and structure can be found all around, with nature the best teacher – architecture, sometimes. Evocative of soothing water or veined rocks in one, and reminiscent of swaying grass and undulating willows in another, the swirling and spiralling patterns create contemporary and yet timeless, expressive works marked by harmony, elegance and restraint.

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