Brigitte Saugstad studied ceramics and design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna under Prof. Mattheo Thun. After completing her studies, the artist spent several months at the College of Arts in New Delhi where she delved into the Indian mythology surrounding the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Deeply moved and inspired by this experience, the artist has let this divine bringer of happiness dance through her hands over the years, and in all her works is woven this principle of Ganesha — the embodiment of eternal childlike joy, innocence and wisdom within. Rather than provoke thought with her art, Brigitte Saugstad prefers to effect a state of houghtlessawareness and release. The Italian art critic, Georgio Pilla, summarised Brigitte Saugstad’s art in the following words:
“The nature of the works lies in the flowing movements, the gliding and the floating, that lend the sculptures and other objects an extraordinary impression of joy and lightness. At the same time the works radiate a strength and solidarity with the earth. It is this balance between dynamism and harmony that instantly attracts the observer and suffuses one with life.”
Born in Vienna, Brigitte Saugstad presently works as an independent artist in Lower Austria and Vienna. Admirers and collectors of art throughout the world take delight in her sculptures and other artworks. She has presented her works in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Austria, China, Dubai, Germany, Iran, Italy, Cyprus, UK, the USA and Canada.
Brigitte Saugstads’ sculptures are uniquely hand crafted. Preferred material is high firing white or red stoneware. The statues are painted and glazed with various undercoat colours and finishing glazes. Individual statues are gilded with Heraeus Precious Metals gold for ceramic which is melted into the glaze in a third firing process. Swarovski crystals are added as further embellishment. Some sculptures are created using the ancient Japanese Raku technique and are partially gilded with 23.5 carat leaf gold.