Annika Schüler makes delicate small-scale series and individual pieces from porcelain, encompassing her passion and attention to detail. With her work, she is giving traditional craftsmanship a modern and fresh twist.
Dazzling, elegant, harmonious – these are all words that can be used to describe Annika Schüler’s porcelain collection. Her hand-made pieces have a strong character, and she creates distinctly unique pieces. Small imperfections give her creations their charm. “I find working on the potter’s wheel very sensual and I like that you can see in the final piece that it was made by hand”, says Schüler. If you’re a fan of unique porcelain pieces, you’ll definitely find something to your tastes at Annika Schüler – Porcelain.
So what impels the designer to create her work? For her, it’s amazing “to bring distinct ideas to life with the help of traditional craftsmanship, and to create something that can be so fresh and modern”. Annika Schüler takes her inspiration from her surroundings. Discussions about design, architecture, fashion and trends, museum visits or walks along the Isar all manifest themselves in her work. And she is always looking for new ways to realise her ideas. She focuses on engaging with the materials in a playful way, without giving any thought to making money.
Unusual pieces that hold your gaze
And this free-spirited approach is surely one of the reasons why each collection exudes it’s own distinct character. For example, Annika Schüler only glazes half of her “sea grass” series, in order to highlight the contrast between the matte surface of the porcelain and the shiny glaze. In contrast, the delicate bowls, cups and plates in the GOLD series get their charismatic insect or alphabet motifs from a combination of transfer printing using black pigment and the application of gold lustre.
Born in Erlangen, Annika Schüler discovered her talent when she was still a young girl. Even then, clay was her favourite material. So why not turn this childhood passion into a career? She started out by studying at the Vocational College for Ceramics (Berufsfachschule für Keramik) in Landshut for 3 years, so that she could then spend a further 2 years at the master school (Meisterschule). After that, she moved on to the Gut Rosenberg Academy (Akademie Gut Rosenberg) in order to learn about craftsmanship and design. Whilst spending three months working abroad for a ceramist in New Zealand, she also learnt techniques for wood firing. After that, she arrived in beautiful Munich. Her goal: to create pieces that hold the gaze.
It’s clear that she’s successfully achieved what she set out to. Her distinctive work has been featured in travel articles such as “36 Hours in Munich”, published by the New York Times. Just another reason why it’s worth dropping in to the N°10 Concept Store at Schraudolphstraße 10, where you can marvel at Annika Schüler’s work.