Born in Berlin in 1953, Antje Scharfe finished high school with the “Abitur” in a school with mathematical orientation in 1972.

Having experienced different activities, amongst them in the “HB-Werkstätten für Keramik”, the “Berlin Büro für Kulturtage und internationale Gäste”, as well as the clinical center Berlin-Buch, she decided – after an exhibition by Gertraud Möhwald – to study ceramics at the Burg Giebichenstein (then academy for industrial design) in Halle / Saale. Concluding these studies as graduate artist, Scharfe moved to Prague for a postgraduate course at the Academy for applied arts UMPRUM in 1979.

Since 1981 she works as a freelance artist in her studio in Zepernick close to Berlin. Short teaching assignements, numerous symposia, voyages, collaborations with architects and art collegues were important steps. In 1999 she was accepted as a member of the AIC (International Academy for Ceramics).

From 1994 until 2007 she went back to Burg Giebichenstein – University of applied sciences for art and design, Halle. She headed the department of plastics / ceramics. In 2007 she returned to Zepernick, but constantly travels to collegues all around the world. Free spaces and inspiration she met especially in the USA, in Australien, Eastern Europa and Asia.

Work stays as artist and / or teacher

  • 1983 Römhild, DDR
  • 1989 Kiel, BRD
  • 1990 Karlovy Vary, CSSR
  • 1991 Horni Slavkov, CSSR
  • 1992 Pennsylvania, USA
  • 1993 Römhild, BRD
  • 1994 Ohio und Michigan, USA
  • 1996 Kunsan, Südkorea
  • 1997 Nevada und Wyoming, USA
  • 1998 Hawaii, USA
  • 1999 Ohio, USA
  • 2000 Pensylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, USA
  • 2002 Canberra, Australien
  • 2006 Bechynĕ, Tschechische Republik
  • 2008 Fuping, China
  • 2017 Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2018 Shigaraki, Japan

Works in public collections

Keramikmuseum, Fuping (China) | SCCP-Museum, Shgaraki (Japan) | Berliner Keramikmuseum | Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin-Köpenick | Grassimuseum Leipzig | Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg | Aleš-Galerie Bechyně, Tschechische Republik | KERAMION Frechen | Sammlungen der Veste Coburg | Schloß Cottorf Schleswig | Staatliches Museum Schwerin | Märkisches Museum Berlin | Sammlung “Keramik International” Römhild | Stadtgalerie Kiel | Museum der Stadt Plzen, Tschechische Republik | Sammlung University of Hawaii | Kennedy-Museum Athens, USA | Keramikmuseum Westerwald Höhr-Grenzhausen | Staatliche Galerie Moriztburg Halle | Hetjensmuseum Düsseldorf