Thomas Bohle

After working for several years in the field of medicine, Bohle became a ceramicist in 1991. His technical interest lies in double-walled vessels in which the strongly differing exterior and interior shapes create a deliberate contrast, in form and colour. The silhouette of each piece shows the dynamic sequence of the curve and the counter–curve, where the outer surface is often glazed matt black and inside a contrasting iridescent blood red glaze to accentuate the form.

This technical perfection, coupled with a willingness to take risks, gives the work its intensity, sculptural finesse and monumentality. Bohle’s feel for composition allow him to view the strictly precise as a possibility for artistic expressive power. The work has a structural quality that places him firmly in the high level ranks of contemporary international ceramic art.


Bohle lives and works in Vorarlberg, Austria. He has exhibited internationally in both solo and group shows since 1992, and in 2006 he won the Bavarian State Prize. The artist’s work is part of many private collection and included in the international public collections of Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany; The Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany; The International Design Museum, Munich, Germany; The National Museum Wales, Cardiff, UK.

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