I was born and lived in Germany before moving to England in 1986. After studying ceramics at Camberwell School of Art in London, I set up studio and currently live and work in North Norfolk.
I work mainly in porcelain chosen for its whiteness and colour response at high firing temperatures.
Pots are either thrown on a momentum wheel or made with a combination of throwing and hand building techniques. They are altered and textured by hand when still fresh. Timing is crucial in these processes to achieve a soft, fluid feel in the finished piece and thought is given to enhancing the handling and tactile qualities of the pots.
I work either on one-off pieces or in small series and families giving each piece individual consideration. Fluid celadon and high-temperature glazes highlight form and textural detail. I fire in a gas kiln to 1300° C maximum, mostly in a reducing atmosphere.
In addition to my thrown work, I have developed a range of wall mounted pieces combining textured porcelain and slate.
Foundry Hill Cottage : Antje Ernestus - open studio
May 24, 2014 to June 08, 2014
Art In Action : Art in Action - 2014
July 17, 2014 to July 20, 2014
1988 - 1990 - Studio pottery, Muspole Street, Norwich
1990 - 1993 - Camberwell School of Art, London. BA (Hons) 3D Design, Ceramics
Summer 1992 - Studio assistant with Oriel Harwood, Ceramics, London
1999/2000 - Designed and built 20 cu feet gas kiln.
2006 onwards - Member of Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society.
1993 - 'Ceramics, Prints and Painting', Atrium Gallery, Whiteleys, London
1993 - Installation 'Queue', series of one hundred bottles, Castle Art Show, Castle Museum, Norwich.
1993 - Member of 'Warehouse Artists Studios', Norwich, regular work shows and Open Studio exhibitions (1993 - 1996.)
1995 - Castle Art Show, Castle Museum, Norwich.
1996 - 'Ceramic Contemporaries', Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
1997 - Solo Showcase, King's Lynn Art Centre, King's Lynn.
1998 - 'In the Window', solo showcase, Grapevine Gallery, Norwich.
2002 - 'New Work', Open Studio exhibition, Wood Dalling, Norfolk.
2003 - 'Light and Space 03', installation of a series of eight thrown porcelain cylinders in the Lady Chapel, Salthouse Church, Salthouse, Norfolk.
2003 - New Ceramics, King of Hearts Gallery, Norwich.
2004 - 'Compliments & Contrasts', Withers Gallery, Itteringham, Norfolk.
2004 - Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham nr Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
2005 - Open Studio, Wood Dalling, Norfolk.
2005 - 'Visions Beyond' (Nicola Maule, Jan Miller, Anna-Lise Horsley, Antje Ernestus), Corpusty Gallery, Corpusty, Norfolk.
2005 - 'Within these walls we gather ... ' a site specific work in porcelain and flint, in 'Salthouse 2005', Salthouse, Norfolk
2005 - 'Potfest in the Park' Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, Cumbria.
2005 - 'Art in Clay' Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
2005 - 'Oxford Ceramics 2005' Oxford.
2005 - 'Eastern Promise', Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
1998 - 'New British Design 1998', p.12, Mitchell Beazley (pub.), London.
2005 - Ceramic Review Issue 211 JanlFeb 2005, p14.
2005 - Salthouse 05 Catalogue box set.