Maria Ziessler and her husband Holger moved to South Africa in 2000 and soon after opened their ceramic studio. Her love for salt glazed and wood fired pottery came from her childhood where old traditional pottery of this kind was handed down from generation to generation and with the inspirations gathered from Japanese and German potters she began to rebuild the studio
Creating is not just about “being an artist”. I like the idea that there are no rules about being creative and that it is a development and extension of ourselves. Creative activity not only is good for our well-being, it also improves us as people in a community.
“Conceptually embroidery is a way for me to subvert gender stereotypes about what is considered as fine art. Pigment and oil paint on canvas, dominated by men, is seen as fine art, while stitching on fabric is regarded as women’s work and is perceived as craft rather than art” .