Annette Bugansky – Ceramist

May 18, 2006

Annette Bugansky - Ceramist
While browsing Loop, did you happen to come across the German ceramist Annette Bugansky? Her porcelain knitted texture vessels are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. For each individual piece, Annette and her mother knit a form and she places it over the vessel prior to casting it in porcelain. Imagine the time spent, the patience, the passion involved in such meticulous design. Before becoming a ceramicist, Annette trained and worked in fashion and costume design, working as a cutter for Jean Muir as well as the BBC costume department. She then went on to study Art and Ceramic Design and then, launched her ceramics business. She is a materials-based designer, forming sensual tactile ceramics, much of which are inspired by her background and love for fashion and costuming.

I enjoy learning about artists who start out in life doing one thing and midstream, decide to explore other creative avenues, don’t you? It’s something so many of us dream of, but do not always have the courage or self-esteem to actually go for. We fear the unknown, or think that failure is somehow lurking if we were to change our direction. To me, the greatest failure is not to try at all. Think about that if you are considering a new path in your life.

Are you one that took the leap and made changes in your career path? Care to share? I have so many readers that write in about how they’d like to learn interior design or become a textile designer or artist and they’re looking for a little encouragement. If you’d like to give them a boost of confidence based on your own experience, please comment below.

Annette Bugansky - Ceramist(images from loop)


  • Reply Linda Bloomfield May 19, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    I was a research scientist before I had children and took the opportunity to work as a potter from my studio at home, something I had always wanted to do. I started working when the children were having their afternoon nap, now my third child is almost ready to start school and my business is taking off (see below)

  • Reply Nictalopen June 11, 2006 at 3:28 am

    I see these are quite popular. Interesting combinations.

  • Reply Lorraine Ditchburn January 30, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Just like to add a comment with regard to the work of Annette Bugansky.

    I graduated in 1998 with a degree in Three Dimensional Design and (like Annette) also produce slip cast ‘knitwear’ in porcelain. I started doing this in 1996, quite a few years before Annette started doing this.

    I received a couple of emails from Annette in 2003 (still have them on my computer). She contacted me as an undergraduate saying she had seen my work on my website.

    I became aware of her work when people started telling me they had seen my work in such and such an outlet, outlets that I had no knowledge of. Did a bit of searching and found the work wasn’t mine but Annette’s.

    I was angry that her work was so similar to mine, particularly as I knew she had seen my work. I emailed Annette and she said that if there were any similarities between our work then it was pure coincidence.

    Have a look at my website and see what you think? Annette’s work is slightly coarser than mine but the principle (amd much of the process) is identical. Furthermore, people have seen her work thinking it’s mine – slightly annoying.

    I just felt I should set the record straight.

  • Reply Rita Saunders January 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I have known Annette Bugansky for 30 years and I can assure you she is not German, but a fine British artist working and living in London UK.

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