Elke’s pottery journey began when she married into a family of English potters making slip decorated earthenware on the North Devon coast. Elke quickly discovered that she had an affinity with clay and it was here that she served her apprenticeship in the busy creative atmosphere of a working studio pottery, acquiring the skills necessary through seven years of throwing, decorating and refining her techniques, learning along the way that there are really no short cuts to becoming an accomplished potter.
In 2012 Elke established her pottery studio in Australia making an extensive range of wheel thrown porcelain with a strong emphasis on the functional. Elke has now completed the circle having returned to Devon she is now potting in a studio in Northam. She draws inspiration from the beauty of the landscape and the organic forms around her and uses natural oxides for the minimal decoration on her pots. This allows the elegant shapes and the quality of the porcelain body to shine through resulting in pots that have a natural sophistication and a beautiful quiet presence.
“I create pieces that people love to use everyday, lovely things that you can have out and are not afraid to use and enjoy. That’s what I’m aiming for, beautiful pots that are a delight to use.”