Elke Sada

Elke Sada

Elke Sada was born in Germany in 1965. At the age of 35, after a career as a research technician, she decided to retrain in ceramics. In 2003 she graduated with a BA in 3D-Design Ceramics from Batch Spa University before taking a MA in Ceramics & Glass at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London in 2005.

She incorporates her love of expressive painting in her striking ceramic objects. Her works exude a liveliness and vitality deriving from her joy in bringing together intuition and experimentation.  

Elke’s work immediately won the attraction of the ceramic scene and has become internationally well recognized. Among numerous other awards, her work was short-listed for the prestigious Loewe Craft Prize 2019 (Madrid).


The fascination for the process of making an ancient copper vessel in the museum of Hallstatt in Austria led to a new series of work. Therefore the title of the series is HALLSTATTPIECES. The strong and vital pots are hand built from fragments of grogged clay, which I shape with my hands. The seams are visible and I allow a lot of movement. The vigorous colourful painting is mostly inspired by beautiful illustrations in a book about birds. Then the Latin name of the bird becomes the title of a HALLSTATTPIECE.

“Inspiration is anything: from a painting to a song, to an emotion, to a bunch of flowers.”

Objects by Elke Sada