Almuth Tebbenhoff was born in 1949 in northwestern Germany. She studied ceramics at the Sir John Cass School of Art (1972-75) and on leaving set up a ceramics studio in London. In 1977 she studied drawing at the Royal College of Art with Eduardo Paolozzi.
A selection of solo and group exhibitions include: Emslandmuseum, Schloß Clemenswerth, Germany (1983); Before Sculpture — Sculptors' Drawings, New York Studio School, New York, USA (1990); International Art Centre, Poznan, Poland (1993); Petrified, Installation on matter in space at Jodrell Bank Science Centre, Cheshire (1994); Royal British Society of Sculptors, London (2001); RBS Sculpture exhibition in Leicester Botanical Gardens; STEEL, Group exhibition at 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf; All Female Cast, Gallery Pangolin exhibition (2006); Studio Sem artists in the Harold Martin Botanical Garden, Leicester University (2007); Artdejardin at Wingwell; Crucible, Gloucester Cathedral - major exhibition by Pangolin; Gallery Pangolin (2010); Interesting Times, Leicester University Botanical Garden Sculpture Show; Sculptors' Drawings, Gallery Pangolin, Kings Place, London (2012); A Change of Heart, Leicester University Botanical Garden Sculpture Show; Steel Sculptures, Chelsea Arts Club, London (2013); Crucible 2, Gloucester Cathedral - curated by Gallery Pangolin in Chalford, Stroud; Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts (2014).
Initially Almuth Tebbenhoff made studio ceramics, whilst developing her ideas for sculpture. She also experimented in making architectural ceramics - washbasins, floor tiles - mostly things that she needed for her home which could be adapted for commissions. Tebbenhoff is most inspired by process: the way objects emerge from material effort pushing and pulling materials into form. It is this physical labour of art that motivates Tebbenhoff to create her work. Her early pieces were monochrome — mostly grey — abstract explorations of space and volume through geometric devices. Since the early nineties, Almuth has been moving towards a freer mode of expression, creating explosive forms in bright colours through a steady evolution of processes, investigating her current themes of light, space and the origins of matter.