Gilda Westermann was born in Germany. She worked as an apprentice to Fritz Gollner in Germany before studying at Harrow School of Design and Media in North London from 1991-1994. She was awarded a Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Scholarship in 1991 and a setting up grant from the Crafts Council in 1996 enabled her to establish a London studio. She has exhibited throughout the UK. Westermann’ works are thrown porcelain and she likens this working to process to drawing in three dimensions. ‘The material moves between my fingers into the upright form, the enclosed form or the open form’. Her work includes domestic and one off pieces that are simple and balanced. The works are glazed white on white and often imprinted with seashells which are sometimes left unglazed to offer a different sensual experience.