Some might consider German-born Elke Sada a newcomer to ceramic art. After all, it is only nine years since she received her Master of Arts Degree in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in London. Nine short years to try to discover her own path through the almost limitless possibilities of clay and glaze, color and design. However, a single confrontation with the splashes of color and three-dimensionality she has conjured up for this exhibition leaves one breathless. Sada has indeed carved her own path through the ancient yet still largely unexplored white space on the map of ceramic art.
After taking a degree in Chemistry in Stuttgart, Sada worked twelve years as a research technician in her native Germany and in Italy and the United States. It was no doubt excellent preparation for this future widely acclaimed artist. The discipline of science ingrained a methodical approach to begin mastery of the enormous number of ceramic methods and freedom available to a ceramic artist as opposed to the craftsperson. A close examination of any of Sada’s pieces is proof of how successful she has been. The array of techniques employed show a superior grasp of the possible as well as a fascination with the abstract.
Every piece is replete with painterly brush strokes, creating powerful fields of color. Drops fall from the brush. Scratches run along rough surfaces. Lines formed by shape and color lead the eye up and down and around. Sada fully embraces the maddening versatility of clay to make statements that are uniquely her own.
Elke Sada has her studio in Leipzig. She has shown widely throughout Asia, Europe, South Africa and the USA, and her works hold pride of place in major public and private museums and collections around the world.