torsdag den 15. april 2021

BEND, BUBBLE AND SHINE Copenhagen Ceramics at Hostler Burrows, New York




April 29 – June 10, 2021

35 E 10th Street, New York, NY


Dear all,
Copenhagen Ceramics has the great pleasure of announcing the opening of the exhibition Bend, Bubble and Shine at Hostler Burrows gallery in New York on Thursday April 29 2021.
The exhibition will be showing significant new works by 9 Danish ceramic artists whom we have selected in close collaboration with the gallery to present to an American audience the broad spectrum of artistic expressions and applications of the ceramic medium that currently characterizes the contemporary Danish scene. The artists, who all have been presented during earlier Copenhagen Ceramics activities, are established and well recognized names in Denmark and internationally with important exhibition careers.
The artists are: Karen Bennicke, Morten Løbner Espersen, Steen Ipsen, Gitte Jungersen, Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl, Marianne Nielsen, Turi Heisselberg Pedersen, Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen and Bente Skjøttgaard.
In connection with the exhibition we are publishing a catalogue of 56 pages, with a foreword by Hostler Burrows, 32 handsome images of works and textual introduction of the artists, a brief account of the Copenhagen Ceramics story, and most importantly a 6 page essay on contemporary Danish ceramics, Touching from a Distance, by Garth Johnson, Paul Phillips & Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse NY, USA.
In the essay he points to some central artists of Danish ceramics’ history to draw up a background for more recent developments and clear changes of the field over the last 20 years. In particular he focuses on the vital importance of the tactile qualities of the works and the strong sense of form still characterizing Danish ceramics. Quote:
“Even the most casual viewer will be swept up in the diversity of materials and approaches—and this is a direct effect of the artistic ferment caused by the hothouse environment that is contemporary Danish Ceramics.”
An online version of the catalogue can be downloaded here: Download exhibition Catalogue
Hostler Burrows was founded in New York in 1998 by Juliet Burrows and Kim Hostler. Initially dedicated to historical Nordic design and studio arts, the gallery has evolved its programme to integrate a full roster of contemporary artists, both established and emerging. While international in scope, the gallery’s primary focus remains in Scandinavia and rooted in the tradition of studio ceramics.
Hostler Burrows New York is located at 35 E 10th St., New York, New York. The gallery is open by appointment only: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm. For general information, please email or visit the website at:
Copenhagen Ceramics was founded in 2011 by Danish ceramic artists Steen Ipsen, Bente Skjøttgaard and Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl as an artist collective and exhibition platform dedicated to presenting the diverse artistic perspectives and expressions of Danish studio artists as well as fostering an exchange of knowledge, insight and inspiration both with national and international communities
The exhibition will be open through June 10 and will later be shown at Hostler Burrows Gallery in Los Angeles. Information on exact dates will follow later.
The exhibition has been generously supported by Danish Arts Foundation, Danmarks Nationalbank Anniversary Foundation, Augustinus Fonden and Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond.

Images will continuously be posted on Instagram

With best regards
Copenhagen Ceramics  
Bente Skjøttgaard, Steen Ipsen and Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl

Photoes by Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Karen Bennicke: SPATIAL COLLAGE III, 2021. H 38 x W 37 cm. Terracotta.  

Karen Bennicke: SPATIAL COLLAGE II, 2020. H 38 x W 46 cm. Terracotta.

Morten Løbner Espersen: Magic Mushroom # 2267 (green).  H 60 x W 34 x D 39 cm. Stoneware and glazes 2021.  

Morten Løbner Espersen: Magic Mushroom # 2267 (green). Detail.


Steen Ipsen: Ellipse 1/2021. H 44 x W 44 x D 35 cm. Black glazed earthenware with yellow PVC. 

Steen Ipsen: Ellipse 3/2021. H 45 x L 67 x D 47 cm. Orange glazed earthenware with black PVC.

Gitte Jungersen: Blue #2. 2020. H 33 x W 11 x D 11 cm. Stoneware and glazes. 

Gitte Jungersen: Blue #2. 2020. H 33 x W 11 x D 11 cm. Stoneware and glazes. Detail.


Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl: Orange Accumulation - Spatial Drawing # 62/ 2020. 2–part sculpture. H 77 x L 92 x W 59 cm.  

Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl: Orange Accumulation - Spatial Drawing # 62/ 2020. Detail of 2–part sculpture.


Marianne Nielsen: Pair/ 2018. H 40 x W 40 x D 1,5 cm. Glazed stoneware. Detail of 24 - part wall installation. 

Marianne Nielsen: Pair/ 2018. Glazed stoneware. Detail of 24 - part wall installation. 

Turi Heisselberg Pedersen: “Objects for a dreamscape” 2021. H 35 x W 16 x D 16 cm, H 52 x W 23 x D 16 cm, H 17 x w 17 x D 13 cm. Stoneware with slipglaze. 

Turi Heisselberg Pedersen: “Objects for a dreamscape” 2021. Detail blue object. Stoneware with slipglaze. 

Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen: Kin is in making, 2021 H 81 x W 80 x D 60 cm. Glazed stoneware and pallet.  

Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen: Kin is in making, 2021. Detail. 

Bente Skjøttgaard: Rose yellow Fullerene #2118, 2021. H 49 x W 22 x D 20 cm. Stoneware and glaze. 

Bente Skjøttgaard: Group of 7 Fullerenes 2021. H 49 - 59 cm. Stoneware and glaze. 

mandag den 6. maj 2019

Copenhagen Ceramics Newsletter May 2019

CERAMIC MOMENTUM – Staging the Object

CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art
Middelfart, Denmark.

11 May – 3 November 2019

It is a great pleasure for us to announce the opening shortly of this big international exhibition of contemporary ceramics at CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art.

As curators of the exhibition Copenhagen Ceramics has put focus on the contemporary international ceramics scene viewed in the light of the current global exchange of images and inspiration that flows non-stop through various social media, etc. The parallel digital life of the actual works, you might say.

We have selected works by 23 artists from Denmark and abroad. Artists who consciously, in widely different ways, are incorporating their own day and age
into the expression of their works. In sculptures, pots, objects, tableaux, etc. In works which clearly speak of great involvement in and understanding of the material and its potential.

The exhibiting artists are:

Anton Alvarez (SE/CL), Karen Bennicke (DK), Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl (DK), Nils Erichsen Martin (NO), Michael Geertsen (DK), Mia E Göransson (SE), Carl Emil Jacobsen (DK), Ole Jensen (DK), Gitte Jungersen (DK), Marianne Krumbach (DK), Takuro Kuwata (JP), Turi Heisselberg Petersen (DK), Steen Ipsen (DK), Morten Løbner Espersen (DK), Marianne Nielsen (DK), Pernille Pontoppidan Petersen (DK), Anders Ruhwald (US/DK), Christina Schou Christensen (DK), Bente Skjøttgaard (DK), Linda Sormin (US/TH), Marit Tingleff (NO), Anne Tophøj (DK) and Matt Wedel (US).
The very character of the work is central – the finished ceramic object which is the result of a long-term focused work with the concepts, techniques and materials.

With approximately 100 ceramic works, the exhibition invites you to take a closer look at both new connections and differences between the works and at the rôle assumed by the works in both the local and the globalized world. 

The exhibition is the result of a close collaboration between CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art and Copenhagen Ceramics. The scenography of the show has been put in the hands of exhibition-designer Johan Carlsson of JAC studios. Concept and lay–out of the accompanying catalogue (to be published at the end of June 2019) is by graphic designer, Henrik Kubel (A2/SW/HK, London), who throughout all the years of Copenhagen Ceramics, brilliantly has been in charge of our graphic profile.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Annie and Otto Johs. Detlefs Foundation (OJD).

We hope you might find the time to pass by CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art during the summer or autumn period. We guarantee a great and extraordinary experience in the varied ceramic landscape drawn by up the exhibition.

Best regards

Copenhagen Ceramics

Bente Skjøttgaard, Steen Ipsen and Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl

Photoes from the exhibition by Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Matt Wedel, US: Flower Tree, 2014. 107 x 93 x 122 cm. Fired clay and glaze. Courtesy of L. A. Louver, Venice, California.

 Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl, DK: Spatial Drawing #18, 2017. 68 x 49 x 51 cm. Glazed earthenware.
Spatial Drawing #20, 2017. 166 x 55 cm. Earthenware with slips (Works made at The Danish National Workshops).

 Morten Løbner Espersen, DK: Moon Jar #2171, 2019. Stoneware and Glaze. Detail.

 Morten Løbner Espersen, DK: Group of Moon Jars, 2019.  All 44 x 44 cm. Stoneware and glaze.

 Mia E Göransson, SE: Travers, 2018. 71 x 60 x 29 cm.  Sugar Landscape, 2018. 54 x 100 x 32 cm. Porcelainand earthenware. Shelf in wood and metal.

 Carl Emil Jacobsen, DK: Group of Powder Variations. Red Powder #9, 2017. 60 x 85 x 85 cm.
Pink Powder #4, 2017. 54 x 100 x 50 cm. Dark Red Powder Variation #2, 2017. 85 x 60 x 60 cm.  Acrylic, fiber concrete, pigments from crushed bricks, polystyrene, steel.

 Anton Alvarez, SE/CL: Group of extruded works, 2018. Colored porcelain and glazed ceramic. 

 Steen Ipsen, DK: Organic Movement 2, 2015. 63 x 60 cm. White glazed earthenware with black decal decoration. (Work made at The Danish National Workshops)

 Nils Erichsen Martin, NO: Group of works of Cody Lundin and Dave Canterbury, 2018. Earthenware.

 Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen, DK: Nickel dipping from heights unknown, 2013. 36 x 28 x 25 cm.
Monolith 90, 2015/2018. 90 x 65 x 30 cm. Honey Pie, 2016. 42 x 100 x 100 cm. Glazed Ceramic.

 Ole Jensen, DK: Primal Pottery Project, 2016. Glazed earthenware.

 Marit Tingleff, NO: Ornamental Double, Green, 2019. 89 x 118 x 20 cm and Ornamental Double, Blue, 2019. 86 x 120x 20 cm. Earthenware. Transparent glaze, recycled glass.

 Gitte Jungersen, DK: Everything Changes and Nothing Stands Still #10, 2019.  151 x 94 x 5 and Everything Changes and Nothing Stands Still #11, 2019. 151 x 89 x 5 cm. Three different glazes in several layers. (Works made at The Danish National Workshops)

 Turi Heisselberg Pedersen, DK: Group of untitled sculptures, 2018. Slip glazed stoneware.

 Takura Kuwata, JP: Tea Bowl, 2016. 9 x 13 x 12. Porcelain, glaze pigment, platinum. Courtesy of Kosaku Kanechika.

 Marianne Nielsen, DK: Pair 2018. Glazed stoneware.

 Anne Tophøj, DK: Canteen head-setting. Food tray reflection, 2019. Cast porcelain.

 Anne Tophøj, DK: Canteen head-setting. Food tray reflection, 2019. Cast porcelain.

 Karen Bennicke, DK: Urban Complex – III, IX, VIII,  2015 -2017. Terracotta and glazed earthenware.

 Marianne Krumbach, DK: State´s #5, #1, #2, #4, #6, 2018. #3, 2019. From Outside, #9, 2018. Glazed stoneware.

Linda Sormin, CA/TH: Sketch for Wet Dream Architecture, 2017. 74 x 100 x 77 cm. Glazed ceramic, discarded 3D prints.

 Bente Skjøttgaard, DK: Nature of Glaze #1801, #1802, #1803, 2018. Glazed stoneware.

 Michael Geertsen, DK: Wall object, 2008. 45 x 120 cm. Glazed earthenware. (Private Collection)

 Christina Schou Christensen, DK: Group of objects with fluid glaze, 2017. Stoneware and glaze. Curtesy of the artist and the Danish Arts Foundation´s collection.

 Anders Ruhwald, US/DK: Group of works, 2017.  Glazed earthenware. Courtesy of Morán Morán Gallery, Los Angeles

Exhibition design: Jac Studios

 Matt Wedel, US: Flower Tree, 2015. 111 x 119 x 122 cm. Fired clay and glaze. Courtesy of L. A. Louver, Venice, California.

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