Christa Maria HERRMANN

Christa Maria HERRMANN

Ceramicist, originally from Germany, who ran her own studio gallery in Lamorna for some years.  She learned pottery in Australia, and lived and studied in Taiwan, India, Nepal and Indonesia - but it was while on holiday in Cornwall that she found that the Cornish landscape and Raku pottery share similar characteristics of the rugged, unexpected and elemental.  She never uses a wheel, hand-building every pot which is thus unique, a feature heightened by the Raku glazes she uses, with their unpredictable and individual finishes.

In later years she has turned to academic authorship in theology, primarily in the study of Hindu and Buddhist religions, and tours internationally from her dual bases in Cornwall and India, under the name of Swami Nitya.



works and access

Hypatia Collection of Women's Art


1986: RCM & RIC Three Spires Festival Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Pottery, Truro (Opening of the RCM or County Art Gallery, by the Royal Institution of Cornwall)

1988: Art Share, NAG


NAG 1995 list; resigned.


Herrmann (1988) The Way of Raku (meditation on pottery and autobiography); 

Whybrow (1985) Potters in their Place;