Johanna Hitzler was born in 1970 in Germany and was trained as a ceramist at the academy of art and design in Halle, as well as in different companies in Germany and Switzerland. Since 2004 she is working as a freelance designer. Her work has already received considerable international recognition. She won the Westerwald Prize in 2004 and the Silver Award at the Mino Competition in Japan. Hitzler only works with porcelain. Her working field is the vessel in its widest sense. For any project Hitzler's starting point is a basic idea. This is a kind of frame that she varies in. Then she will concentrate on a specific area, and study its potential. Hitzler thus gets involved in an exciting process, enjoying the surprises. She develops a wealth of shapes, which is exacting, but also offers new possibilities. From the emerged objects she will decide which ones will be produced in a small series and which ones will be revised for industrial fabrication.