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Artistic commitment to design and sculptural practice – Maria Walther
  • MEISSEN artist Maria Walther’s sculptures are as multifaceted as the history of the Meissen porcelain manufactory itself. From her expressive animal figurine "3 Monkeys" to her latest sculptures "Shiva" or "Buddha" – a hallmark common to all of Maria Walther’s pieces is their deeper meaning and ability to beckon the viewer into a world of “white gold”.
    A state-certified product designer, Walther was born in Dresden in 1988 and began her career at the Meissen porcelain manufactory in the master class of the then chief sculptor Jörg Danielcyzk. It is here that she soon developed her distinctive style and design vocabulary that is still echoed in her sculptures and works of art.
    When tackling a new subject matter to be wrought from Meissen porcelain, Maria Walther emphasises the importance of opening up new perspectives for the viewer in her work. Her goal is to create a truly exceptional sculpture or figurine – which, in turn, also poses the greatest challenge within the process of creation. By highlighting aspects that are particularly important and that speak to her, Maria Walther creates ever new vantage points and aesthetic perspectives that inspire the beholder.
"Carving out the subtleties and imparting the sculpture with its own character are the most beautiful parts of my work."
  • With her sculpture "Shiva", the artist interpreted one of the principal deities of Hinduism in a modern and contemporary design, the lustre of the white Meissen porcelain taking centre stage in a particularly impressive manner. Her "Buddha" figure made from radiant white Meissen porcelain also joins the ranks of the manufactory's lively and varied figurines. The profoundly symbolic figure is given form in a minimalist guise, which also charts out the limits and possibilities of working with porcelain.
    With her works, Maria Walther aims to encourage people to pause and reflect. While her sculptures "Buddha" and "Shiva", both important religious symbols, have been depicted countless times throughout history, Maria has deliberately chosen a completely new approach in her less detail-rich rendition. While this may seem unusual at first, even spark astonishment, both figures draw the beholder in with visual cues and elicit a profound contemplation.
    Her creative process usually begins with extensive research and initial sketches on paper or even sometimes on the computer. Delving into new worlds again and again, she develops the initial ideas for her artwork from this process. In a first step, her creative ideas are given form with modelling mass or as an initial model made from clay or plaster. Her sketches serve as an initial idea and a snapshot pointing the way ahead. Within this exciting process, her ideas continuously evolve as they are reflected in sculptural form. Imparting her work with its distinctive character and working out the fine details are the most beautiful part of her work, says Maria Walther. This is also the case with her "3 Monkeys" figurine, which now delights collectors and lovers of Meissen porcelain both in its hand-painted decorative variant and in pure white. Her artistic exploration has also produced various bottle stoppers and limited-edition wall plates that have added to Meissen’s repertoire of fine porcelain.