Nicole Mehnert

Nicole Mehnert's glasswork combines organic forms from nature, with a very human sense of use and play. Often starting with collections drawn from the world, glass as a material appears out of the world (it begins with the most basic of materials - sand), and also disappears back into it (we may find it strolling upon the beach). In between, it lives with us in our homes - on our shelves, collected upon a windowsill, and worn as jewellery on our bodies. It is this full lifecycle of glass that is apparent in Mehnert's work. Once these collections drawn from the domestic space or outside world take form, they provide the basis for bodies of work. Using the skills of glassmaking that have been passed down through generations, the material is brought to life as abstract shapes and jewellery that suggests the environments from which it came. At home in the gallery, or worn domestically, Mehnert's pieces speak about our position between the inside and the outside, always changing and becoming. The tricks and visual cues we enjoy in her work speak about the opportunity of play within this ever-changing present moment.


1989–92   Study ceramic design, Ceramic Center Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
1991   Study stay at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, England
1992–94   Architectural ceramics workshop manager
1993   Master certificate, State Award Winner Rheinland Pfalz
1994–96   Studies of Interior architecture (Rosenheim College)
since 1996   Own ceramic studio
2015   Artist in Residence, Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
2012   Glashaus, Villa Waldberta, Feldafing
“GESTALTUNG.KUNST.HANDWERK 2012”, Landesausstellung Kunsthandwerk, Ulmer Museum
2013   Cheongju International Crafts Bienale, Cheongju, Korea
“PAS DE DEUX”, Zeitgenössisches Kunsthandwerk aus Belgien und Baden-Württemberg, RP Karlsruhe
2014   Porzellankunst aus der Republik China (Taiwan) und Baden-Württemberg, RP Karlsruhe
Landesausstellung “GESTALTUNG KUNST HANDWERK” Baden-Württemberg 2014, RP Karlsruhe
Zeitgenössische künstlerische Keramik (Partnerland Finnland), Schloss Ludwigsburg
2015   “Edition 2015”, Keramikmuseum Staufen
“Talents”, Tendence – Messe Frankfurt
Artist in Residence, Yingge Ceramics Museum Taipei, Taiwan

"Behind the Seen", Art Hall Porvoo, Finland
Solo exhibition "Taubenturm", Dießen am Ammersee
Ceramica Multiplex, member of the German exhibition “Keramicon”, Varazdin, Kroatia
“Glas and Art Workshop Exhibition” at LUME Galerie, Aalto Universty, Helsinki, Finnland
“Keramik der Gegenwart – Ceramique actuelle”, Castle of Ludwigsburg
FOCUS:VESSEL – The Vessel in Ceramics and Porcelain, Keramikmuseum Westerwald
Mobilia Galerie, Cambridge MA, USA
“Nah und Fern”‚ art project, Starnberg
Glas and Art Workshop Exhibition at LUME Galerie, Aalto Universty , Helsinki, Finnland


2017   Ateliertage 2017, Palmenhaus Villa Waldberta, Feldafing
RÉVÉLATION 2017, Grand Palais,Paris, Biennale International „LE BANQUET“
Exhibition „IMPROVISATION“, Taubenturm in Diessen, mit Doris Bank, Kati Jünger und Susanne Mansen
Exhibition „ARTGENOSSEN”, Projektraum LOTTE, Stuttgart mit Julia Münzing, Schmuck
„LICHT UND SCHATTEN“, Galerie Nonnenmacher, Nattheim


2012   State award winner “Design Art Craft” Baden Württemberg (Staatspreis)
    Prize of The City of Ulm
2014   WCC EUNIQUE Award, short listed
2015   Artist ind Residence, Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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