Artist – Monika Debus


Monika Debus
Bandeau Monika Debus


The artistic ceramic works of Monika Debus move silently between abstraction and representation while balancing on the cusp of painting.

Their primary strength lies in a basic universal vocabulary. Combinations of simple forms, spontaneously painted with elementary signs evoke a multitude of associations as individual entities.

A special saltglaze finish gives the surface of the works a subtle depth which enhances their originality as well as their mystical aura.

The pieces unveil a private cosmos to the viewer while remaining reminders of instinctive bodily movements.

* 1961 in Germany

since 1993  workshop in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany

since 1994  member of Keramikgruppe Grenzhausen

since 2005  member of IAC

2005  artist in residence, Ceramic museum Taipei, Taiwan

2007  selected as member of „Gruppe 83“

2007  selected artist for german residency of Flicam, Fuping, China

Exhibitions  in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, France, Belgium ,USA, Japan, Taiwan, China, Italy


1997 1st prize  Kunst am Bau, Speicher

1999 special prize „saltglaze“, HWK Koblenz

2000 Judge´s Prize, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei

2001 Westerwaldpreis- Prize for saltglazed stoneware and porcelain

2014    Honourable Mention, Ceramic competition in Mino, Japan

2018    Highly Commended, Preis der Ceramic Review, Ceramic Art London

Diessener Keramikpreis

Work in museums and privat collections

1992 collection, county Rheinland-Pfalz

1997  collection Nass.Sparkasse, Wiesbaden

2001 Lotte-Reimers-Stiftung, Deidesheim

2002 Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart

2004   Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen

Landesmuseum Landshut, collection Rudolf Strasser

Taipei Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

2005   Ceramic Museum  Mino, Japan

2006   Emslandmuseum, Schloß Clemeswerth, Sögel

2011   Neue Pinakothek Munich, New Collection

2014   Ceramic museum, Mino,Japan

2016   Grassi museum, Leipzig