By Yasmijn Jarram

Jacob Raeder’s approach to ceramics is unconventional. He combines elements that at first glance seem to jar with one another, which results in an initial feeling of alienation. The various components are recognisable, everyday objects. Functionality and autonomy are set off against one another. Raeder’s work reflects a leaning towards experimentation and feeling for detail, playfulness and infectious pleasure in creation.

Performance, professionalism and pleasure are combined in a way that transcends discipline: his work takes on a life entirely of its own. Raeder demonstrates his enormous curiosity into the possibilities and limitations of the tangible materials he uses and for which we have many uses in our daily life. In a world that increasingly focuses on virtual life, Raeder is aware of his role as a designer in creating physical experiences.