Elena Renker

Born in Germany Elena was first introduced to Pottery in 1977 at the Golden Bridge Pottery run by Ray and Debra Meeker in Pondicherry, India .More structured learning followed on my return to Germany at the studio of Gisela Fattorini, a canadian potter working in the southern Baveria. After a year at her studio Elena moved to Munich to study graphic design, started a family and moved to New Zealand, she rediscovered pottery in 1998 after her youngest child started school, first taking lessons at Auckland Studio Potters and then studying towards a Diploma in Ceramic Art at the Otago Polytechnic in 2007.

Elena says her pots are loosely thrown on the wheel or faceted and hand carved using various types of stoneware clay. Often they are slightly deformed to fit more comfortably into the hand of the user. They are then decorated with various ash or iron slips and partially glazed in quick, gestural movements. They are fired in a wood or gas kiln for 12 to 18 hours to 1300C, the effects of fire and flame.adding another dimension to the surfaces of my pots.