Helmut Schwabe

Sculptor & Potter


Helmut Schwabe, Sculptor / Potter

Born: Temuco de Chile, 16 October 1952

Professional History:

1969-1971 Apprenticeship (Ceramics) with Schmidt - Tumelei, Juist, Germany
1971-1978 Design, production, marketing and sale of ceramics, Toepferei Christoph Strasse, Cologne, Germany
1978-1983 Director of Pottery, Freilicht Museum, Cloppenburg, Germany
1983-1989 Tutor in Ceramics, TAFE, Devonport, Tasmania


Eight solo exhibitions since 1978, including:

1978-1982 Berlin, Cloppenburg, Athens, Cologne
1983-2003 Tasmania - Hobart, Devonport, Launceston, Stanley

Eighteen group exhibitions since 1973, including:

Westerwaldpreis, Hoehrgrenzhausen;
Gallery Kuhnens, Recklinghausen;
Neumarkt der Kunst, Cologne;
Munzter Gallery, Hannover;
Private Gallery, Grossen Gingen;
TASART Exhibition, Burnie;
Forest Exhibition, Long Gallery, Hobart;
Tasmanian Design Centre, Launceston;
Meat Market, Melbourne;
Jam Factory, Adelaide;
Gallery Lindern, Lindern, Germany;


1989 Pottery In Australia
1998 Craft Arts International, Vol 43


Awards since 1976 include:

Junges Handwerk (Young Professional Craftspeople), Nordrhein, Westfalen, Germany
Excellence in Functional Design, Innovative Design, Open and Acquisition Awards, TASART, Burnie, Tasmania


Private and public collections, Germany, Australia, Japan, USA


1998 Arts Tasmania Grant

Public Stone Sculptures and Exhibitions

Public Sculptures

1999 ‘Budding Stone’, Deloraine
2000 ‘Common Ground, Different Views’, Gunns Plains
2002 ‘Fossil’, Marakoopa Caves, Mole Creek
2002 ‘Platypus’ Fern Glade, Burnie - wildlife interpretation project; life-sized piece carved into large basalt rock
2003 ‘Engaeus re emerging’, Wesley Vale Primary School


2000 Ceramic exhibition with sandstone sculptures, Lindern, Germany
2002 Evening Academy & School for Adult Education, Mannheim, Germany
2002 Guest Artist - sandstone and ceramics, TASART, Burnie, Tasmania
2003 Judge, Rotary Art Exhibition, Ulverstone, Tasmania
2003 Exhibitions of sandstone and ceramic sculptures, Stanley and Launceston

Private Sculptures

2005-2006 Private commission for two large stone sculptures, Chudleigh, Tasmania - ‘Untitled’ & ‘Fragments of Water’