Make : Popless Wood
Film : Benny John
Make : Loebner Brass
Film : Axel Matz
In 25 words or less describe who you are, where you’re located and what you make.
My name is Saara Kaatra and I’m a ceramist. I make mainly functional porcelain ware in my studio in Berlin, Germany (originally I’m from Finland).
What made you want to be a maker?
I have this overwhelming need to make things that need lots of concentration and huge amounts of patience. Putting so much effort into the smallest things gives me energy and calms me at the same time.
But ceramics as my main material was originally more like a coincidence. I was trying to take a class in photography in high school but it was full. So, I thought why not try ceramics instead as a course called Ceramics II was starting at the same time (I also really needed the credits). And it ended up being the perfect material for me.
Why should people support your business/products?
I make everything from scratch in my tiny studio and put so much effort and concentration into each piece that they are like an extended part of me. Supporting my business means supporting something small, local, different, durable and unique.
Favorite product that you make?
Rainy cups with blue sky and white clouds. Love making the rain drops.
List five of your favorite tools.
1. Natural sponge - For cleaning unfired pieces, there is no other sponge that makes the surface as soft as a natural one.
2. Palette knife - This one is for removing the extra leather hard porcelain from the slip casting moulds.
3. Scalpel + lots of extra blades - Cutting, scratching, cleaning, piercing holes, slicing (is there anything you can’t do with a scalpel?)
4. Scraper - Perfect tool for all kinds of plaster work, and for cleaning other tools and tables.
5. Wooden rolling pin - For making the thinnest porcelain sheets.
(photographs from Benjamin Schulz and Saara Kaatra)