Ulrike Weiss has operated her Ceramic Studio in Paris for the past 20 years. Since 2002, she has expanded her production to include glazed lava, the ideal material for her love of creating interesting contrasts in surface and color. Her product line offers a large variety of geometric, ornamental, or figurative motifs to create unusual and customized projects for wall and floor coverings. These tiles of glazed lava can also be used in conjunction with industrial tiles. A customized design can be developed in collaboration with you or your architect.
Origin of lava: Auvergne, France
Production process: The lava is mined from open-air quarries. Explosives are used to extract large blocks. Diamond saws are used to achieve finer cuts. Glazing and decoration take place in the Paris studio where pieces undergo several firings at 980° Celsius.
Usage: Wall and floor coverings for indoors and out, or tiles and tops for small furniture, or trivets.
Technical attributes: Wear-resistant, thermoconducting, frost- and fire-resistant.
Appearance: Dark, rough and porous, in interesting contrast to the colorful smooth glazed surface.
Sizes: Available in up to 300 mm x 300 mm (approximately 12” by 12”), and in thicknesses starting from 10 mm (approximately 0.4”).
Ulrike Weiss born 1963 in Berlin.
1981 Graduatation from high school, Germany (Arbitur)
1984 – 88 Technical studies of ceramics at l’École superieure des arts appliques Duperré, Paris. Diploma in June 1988
Since 1990 Operating own studio in Paris. Design and production of functional objects, specializing in slip casting (earthenware and porcelain), electric kiln firings at 980°C and 1240°C
Since 2003 Production of glazed lava tiles for wall and floor coverings as well as for table tops or other small furniture; electric firing at 980°C
1990 – 2003 International Trade Fairs in Paris and Frankfurt
Since 2006 Craft and Ceramic Markets in France and Germany, Store Front design studio in Paris
1996 Fonds National d’art contemporain, Paris
1998 Johann-Jakobs-Museum, Zuerich
1999 Museum fuer Gestaltung, Zuerich
1997 and 2007 Slipcasting by Sasha Wardell, A & C Black Publishers Ltd., London
2001 70’s versus 80’s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers by Roger Fayet, Zuerich
1995 « Form 1995 » Trade Fair Award in Frankfurt
2000 « Form 2000 » Trade Fair Award in Frankfurt
1993 – 94 Ceramic forms and decoration for the firm Virebent, France
1997 – 98 Consulting for the firm Waechtersbacher Keramik, Germany
1999 Ceramic decoration for the firm Odin, Germany
2002 – 2003 Ceramic decoration for Kahla Porzellan, Germany
Since 2004 Collaborating with architects and decorators to create wall and floor designs in France, Germany, USA
1993 Guest speaker in Ceramic Studies at St. Martin’s College, London
1995 – 98 Teaching position at the École nationale supérieure de creation industrielle, Paris
1997 Guest speaker at the College of Art Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany
2000 & 2001 Guest teacher at the School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland
2007 & 2009 Guest teacher at the Ecole supérieure d’arts, Brest, France
2011/2012 Teaching position at the Lycée de Sèvres, Paris