Almuth Tebbenhoff

Almuth was born and grew up on a farm in North Germany. She trained in ceramics at Sir John Cass School of Art in London from 1972-5. In the late Seventies Eduardo Paolozzi saw her work and invited her to the Royal College of Art, where she expanded her training. Upon her father’s death in 1984 she took his welding equipment and signed up for classes in metal fabrication. Her sculptures have been exhibited in Europe, USA and Hong Kong. Almuth works with steel, clay and, since 2006, with marble, following a scholarship with Studio Sem in Pietrasanta in Italy.

My marble sculptures have become increasingly delicate. To protect the fragile shapes I came up with an idea: I start with a box-like block and I burrow into the volume, revealing the translucency of the stone. I leave the edges of the box intact, which protects the thin marble membranes. I didn’t realise at first that this connects my marble and my steel sculptures. I love very simple shapes that acquire form through implied external distortions. I look for purity, light and beauty inside.

on form 16