Anja Marschal (Ahlen, Germany, 1989) is a ceramic artist and designer living and working in Pont de Barret in southern France.
She graduated from Universität der Bildenden Künste, Berlin, in 2016. During her 8 years of studies, Anja visited four art academies (Wroclaw, Poznan, Istanbul, and Berlin). The unstoppable curiosity and research of different approaches to objects is a driving force of her practice.
Her work focuses on the crosspoint between a person and an object and how items, thanks to their form, can influence our behavior and shape our awareness about ourselves and the surrounding reality. We live in times of overproduction, where objects are made behind factory walls, away from users. They are completely alien to us; we do not know where they come from and how they were made, and we do not know their history.
Anja's goal is to create a contrast to what the industrial revolution brought. In her view, objects are meant to motivate us, force us to interact with everyday life, to intrigue us with their apparent imperfection. The medium of her work is mostly ceramic, as the clay (soil) allows an intuitive, personal, and close contact in the creation process.