My work is a constant flow between art and design. Design comes natural to me because that’s the way my mind has worked my whole adult life. Art was more like the background sound, always there but not really paid much attention to. This has changed in the last decade, I turned up the volume and now art has become my main music. Even so, my designer mind sometimes comes up with a tune.
As an artist, I want to contribute to society by using my skills. By treating relevant topics like the state of our planet or the sometimes dividing ways in which we perceive our surroundings. The baseline is to create beautiful pieces with often scary backgrounds. Beauty can help us confront things we don’t really want to think about. And art helps me to cope with the adversities of life...
My design works are highly influenced by the artistic angle, trying to create objects of utility with an emotional value.
Carie Oltmann is a german graphic designer and artist based in Valencia, Spain.
She studied Visual Communication at the University of Applied Science Düsseldorf and worked as a graphic designer in Germany and Spain for more than two decades, interrupted by a year of travelling around the world. She is now studying at the Ceramic Arts college in Valencia, Spain, where she took the step from 2D to 3D, in form of objects and sculpture.
She has participated in various group shows and her works are held in private collections in Germany, Spain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2019 she won the Design Award at the XIV Bienal Internacional de Cerámica de Manises in Spain.
She is now working as an artist and designer, using different medias, like watercolours, textiles, photography and, of course, ceramics.