Ceramics between form and eternity
Linck Keramik produces functional ceramics with perfect craftsmanship and aesthetic timelessness. In the 1930s, Margrit Linck began to combine her skills in producing ceramics with her artistic aspirations. Today, her love for perfect forms is carried into the future with craftsmanship in the studio near Bern.
Margrit Linck learned the ceramic craft as a young woman in Heimberg. She knew early on that she would have to give the pottery tradition new impetus in order to be able to respond to the challenges of modernity. With her husband Walter Linck she moved to Berlin and again and again to Paris. They were part of the young art world with its dazzling minds like Picasso, Giacometti and Braque. Back in Switzerland, Margrit Linck recognized her calling. She used the craft pottery tradition for her artistic expression. In addition to her own surreal art objects, she began to develop a new formal language for functional ceramics.
Between 1940 and 1980, Margrit Linck designed several hundred ceramic objects - increasingly over time and ultimately entirely in white. She herself finds a simple explanation for her extremely daring step:
»I love the white color. Since the shape is the most important thing for me, it seems to me that if the shape is good, the only color I can really use is white.
The movement of her biography is visible as a timeline in her objects. While the models from the 1960s were minimalist and determined by geometric clarity, the vases from the 1970s reveal a strong liveliness and show Margrit Linck's love for African sculptures.
Regula Linck, Margrit Linck's daughter-in-law, carried on her legacy after her death in 1983 with a lot of love for her powerful work and with great conviction and anchored it in the Bernese art and cultural world. The Linck Ceramics business has been alive and well in its third generation since 2011 with Annet Berger as the owner. Even today, Margrit Linck's designs are still produced traditionally by hand on a turntable in her studio near Bern.
During two firing processes, the clay hardens and the glaze flows out. Classic craftsmanship gives each individual piece its individuality and unique character in the manufacturing process, which would be lost in industrial production. The range is large. Margrit Linck's legacy includes more than 200 vases and bowls. Preserving the heritage and carrying it into the future is the fascinating task of the present.
Linck Ceramics is the result of an idea and artistic conviction developed over decades. Alberto Giacometti, Swiss artist and friend of Margrit Linck, interpreted the value of a sculpture in the sense of a creative power:
»The sculpture rests in the void. You hollow out space to construct the object, and the object in turn creates a space.«
Linck Ceramics creates such a space. A space for perceiving the world while examining one's own personality. It creates support and thus a moment for connection.