Smiling works of art

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Heike Mende to tell us a little bit more about their life, art and sources of information.


What do you call your series of artwork?

– The series of artworks is called “Happy Speckles”

What technique have you used?

– All my vases are made by hand using the slab building pottery technique.


What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– The inspiration came from my signature style, “The Happy Flowers Vase”. I wanted to create something new that was influenced by my previous work.

What other artists do you admire?

– I love the ceramics of Picasso, the pattern of Soina Delaunay and the colorful and abstract art of Jackson Pollock. But I can also admire and be inspired by smaller graffiti art on a wall that I happened to walk by.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I have been working with clay ever since I was a child and I have always loved to create things by hand, but a few years ago I started working on some new pottery ideas alongside my styling job and that’s when I got hooked for real. Now I don't go a single day without working with clay, and I love it!

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– Funny, uncomplicated, wonky.


What we love about HEIKE MENDE:

It’s impossible to look at the handmade vases of Heike Mende and not smile! These artworks are fun, bright, out of the ordinary and perfect if you're looking for something special. Damn good art. Enjoy!