KOCH, Gabriele

Gabriele Koch  German 1948

Gabriele Koch potter and ceramicist, born in Germany. After completing an English course at University in Germany, Gabriele Koch moved to Britain in 1973 initially to teach languages. She began an evening course in ceramics at the Camden Institute and decided to do a degree at Goldsmiths’ College. In 1980’s she began making pots in earnest and the first pot she sold was to the sculptor Anthony Caro. In 1982 she applied and received a ‘Setting Up Grant’ which allowed her to buy a gas kiln for her studio. She had her first show in 1984 at Oliver & Pink Gallery in Chelsea which was well received and gained interest from other galleries keen to exhibit her work.  In the late 1980’s she began lecturing at Farnham School of Art. From her studio in North London she developed a distinctive style of hand building and smoke-firing, creating instantly recognisable forms and vessels. Her recent work has changed from low fired earthenware to high fired stoneware, combining rough black clay with white porcelain, giving me the opportunity to create strong graphic designs in contrasting colours. Her works reside in some of the most prestigious international public and private collections.

Solo Exhibitions:
2014 New Work, Studio147, London
2013 Solo exhibition, Studio 147, London
2012 New Departures, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
2011 Gabriele Koch, Studio 147, London
2010 Gabriele Koch, Beaux Arts , Bath
2009 Gabriele Koch, Studio 147, London
2009 Gabriele Koch, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorsert
2009 Focus Gabriele Koch, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

2008 The Elisabeth Zuckerman Memorial Exhibition, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2008 Gabriele Koch, Studio 147, London
2008 Gabriele Koch, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrrogate
2008 Gabriele Koch, Beaux Arts, Bath
2007 Gabriele Koch, Gallery 147, London
2007 Gabriele Koch, Galerie Meier, Freiburg, Germany,
2007 Gabriele Koch, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
2005 Gabriele Koch, Studio 147,London
2005 Die Bewegung der Stille – Gabriele Koch, Keramikmuseum Staufen (Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe), Germany
BOOKS (Selection)
Benedict Brierley, ‘Firing Kilns’, Bloomsbury, 2014
Allgemeines Kuenstlerlexikon AKL , Bd. 81, De Gruyter, 2013
Duncan Hooson and Anthony Quinn, ‘The Workshop Guide to Ceramics,’ Thames & Hudson, 2012
Annie Carlano, ‘Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection’, Yale University Press, 2010
Tony Birks, ‘Gabriele Koch Hand building and smoke firing’, Stenlake Publishing, 2009

Emmanuel Cooper (ed.), ‘The Ceramics Book’, 2008
Jane Perryman, ‘Smoke Firing’, A&C Black, 2008
Michael Hardy,’ Coiling’, A&C Black, 2006
Michael Hardy, ‘Handbuilding’, revised edition, A&C Black,2004
Tim Andrews, ‘Raku’, 2nd edition, A&C Black, 2004



Museum of Art and Design, New York, U.S.A.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, U.S.A,

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA.

Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC, USA.

Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Sainsbury Collection – University of East Anglia, Norwich

Henry Rothschild Collection, York Art Gallery, York

Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland

Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Leeds City Art Gallery and Museum, Leeds

Shipley Art Gallery, Henry Rothschild Collection, Gateshead

Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany

Museum am Burghof, Loerrach, Germany

City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Volkshochschule, Loerrach, Germany

Le Conseil General de l’Aube, France

Augustinermuseum, Freiburg, Germany

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Towneley Hall Art Gallery, Burnley

Leeds Schools Loans Service, Leeds

Liverpool Museum, Liverpool

Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield

Contemporary Art Society, London

Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (the Keatley Trust), Birmingham

Lotte Reimers – Stiftung, Deidesheim,  Germany

Sammlung Rudolf Strasser Museen der Stadt Landshut, Germany

Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury

Aberdeen City Art Gallery, Aberdeen

Cleveland Studio Pottery Collection, Middlesbrough

Bradford City Art Gallery, Bradford

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