Lukas Wegwerth is a German artist dedicated to impressing us with wonderful ceramic art pieces that balance between the natural and the artificial.
The work of the Berlin-based designer explores tensions – the tension between the natural and the artificial, between organic growth and creative intervention, and between the unexpected and the controllable. He manipulates natural processes in order to create his designs and explores ways an object can acquire new meanings over time.
Born in Ilbeshausen, Germany in 1984, Lukas went on to study at the University of the Arts in Berlin, creating work that followed in the playful and experimental precedent of the likes of Carlo Mollino and Jerszy Seymour. He cites the folkloric work of Dagobert Peche, the honest carpentry of the shaker design movement, and the provocative and genre-defying work of Atelier Van Lieshout as particular influences. Lukas works primarily with found, organic materials, and his designs explore notions of growth and transformation, of memory and time.
For the artist, crystals serve as a glue that gives a glamorous second life to broken ceramic objects. In some ways, Wegwerth is like a modern-day alchemist. When looking for a solution to fix a favorite broken teapot, he became intrigued by the Japanese method of applying gold dust in the glue to purposely reveal the fissures in a broken vessel, and as such, elevating the object to a new status. After lengthy research and experimentation, he developed a process of applying a special salt-based solution along the unglazed edge of the ceramic. Over time the crystals flourish and expand in unimaginable ways, as if transforming, Terminator-style, right before our eyes.