About Desa

After working for many years as an art historian and writer, I retrained as a product designer and when I came across clay, it was love at first touch. I make functional pots as well as groups of bottles and vases in porcelain. More recently, I have started making abstract wall pieces and I am interested in further developing the sculptural work alongside the pots. All my work starts on the pottery wheel. Some of it is then altered and assembled from several parts into larger units. Mostly I work in groups and series. This helps me to develop particular forms and ideas over time.

There are the Alphabet and Line series, which explore the intersection of the history of ceramics with the history of writing through different kinds of inscription. On some pots I use letters of the alphabet and lines in low relief, on others steel or tungsten wire as on-glaze decoration. Other work explores the contemporary urban environment. The wall pieces are inspired by reflections of graffiti on Regents Canal near my studio with emphasis on fluidity and line.

Most of my work is made of porcelain, thrown on the wheel and fired to cone 9 in an electric kiln.

Desa Philippi

Desa Philippi