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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    2014 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nagel, Johannes, born 1979 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, stoneware, thrown, assembled, sand, glaze, broken.

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired through the generosity of Gerard and Sarah Griffin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Born in Jena, Germany, in 1979, Johannes Nagel studied ceramics and the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, from 2002 to 2008. He has also served apprenticeships and undertaken residencies in Canada, Japan, and Scotland. He has exhibited widely in Germany and, increasingly, internationally.

Nagel's work is based around the exploration of vessel forms. He creates works that stand as visualisations of the creative process. This for Nagel frequently involves elements of improvisation, the artist embracing techniques that are seemingly unorthodox and startingly direct. As he has stated, "the subject of my work is the improvised and provisional".

Nagel was one of three artists selected for a three-person Design Show in the Artists House at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, curated by Sarah Griffin. This piece New Jazz is from the Isolator series of stacked thrown forms that simultaneously recall industrially-made ceramic electrical insulators and the fused waster-stackes of ceramics that result from catastrophic failures in ceramic firings. This object exposes process in a fresh, direct and improvisational way. Intensely sculptural, the resulting work is visually arresting and powerful.

Physical description

Thrown and assembled sculpture od porcelain and stoneware in the form of a stack of plates that have fallen over and fused together in the kiln. The outside is glazed in parts, it has pieces of debree and sand engrained into the glaze. The top and other parts have been purposefully broken to reveal the un-glazed clay beneath.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


2014 (made)


Nagel, Johannes, born 1979 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, stoneware, thrown, assembled, sand, glaze, broken.


Height: 73 cm, Diameter: 27 cm

Descriptive line

'New Jazz' a stoneware and porcelain thrown and assembled sculpture, from the 'Isolator' series, Johannes Nagel, Germany, 2014.


Porcelain; Stoneware; Sand; Glaze


Thrown; Assembled; Broken; Thrown


Ceramics; Stoneware; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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