Heike Braun – Ceramics
My work is mainly decorative, but also functional. The forms are constructed from slabs, wheel thrown, coiled or any combination of those.
There are imperfections in the forms. Some are marks from the process of construction left visible and others are added intentionally – all to add character to each piece. The shapes are understated to act as a canvas for a strong palette of colours.
I am inspired by the technical quality of traditional craftsmanship and the energy and freedom of big city graffiti.
Heike makes ceramic vessels that are decorative, functional and colourful.
Growing up in Germany Heike Braun was exposed to a system of apprenticeships in traditional crafts that places a high value on basic skills to achieve quality. She believes only by mastering the basics can a maker gain the freedom to develop style and character in her work.
In 2003 she attended the ceramics program at Haliburton School of The Arts. She also draws on her training as steel engraver and years of experience in the sign business in Toronto to develop the combination of understated forms and colours that are meant to excite.
She now lives in Castleton.
81 3⁄4 Pine St. S. in Port Hope