MANUAL DESIGN - Ole Jensen Nov-Dec 2020



MANUAL DESIGN
Ole Jensen, designer and ceramist DK
EXHIBITION 19 November - 23 December 2020
Manual Design & Design Manual.. stoneware pieces & thoughts by Ole Jensen.
A humorous and understated, - but also deeply serious approach to archetypes, use function and things for use on the table and in the kitchen.

Designer and ceramist Ole Jensen shows and describes the individual things and processes with a nice and fun approach in thought and action to what lies in creating a new design .. - or just making a utility item we all know, but otherwise not analyses further.

Ole Jensen shows in his DESIGN MANUAL that there is a whole world of possibilities and expressions that could have a worthy place for both extra reflection - and for use in the kitchen.
Things get their own story, and the work of the hand helps to give it a very special expression and warmth.
All pieces are made by hand in stoneware with and without glaze depending on intuition, thought and idea.

OLE JENSEN - About Manual Design and Design Manual
As a potter and designer, with a significant interest in things with a function, it has always been an essential part of practice to get the potential of the craft utilized in relation to the concept of design.
With the desire to once again maintain the function and action, and the ambition to make the project as free and open as possible, I set up work themes such as: Free Design? Wild Functional? Absolutely handmade applied art? Manual Design?

It made for a good work ethic and surprising and straightforward expressions.
This could be: quickly modelling a raised dish that clearly shows to be set up.
Or quickly modelling a flower water jug that clearly shows its speciality.
Or quickly modelling a sieve that clearly shows to be just a sieve.
Regardless of whether things are beautiful or ugly, straight or crooked, but only about each thing expressing its own function in an easy and free way.
There are almost no limits to what functionalities can be attacked that way.
And this is how the initial experiment went.
Elitist or popular? Here it is almost the same.

Although the whole thing is very handmade, the project has developed into a rare experiment in basic design, which contains the seeds for a compressed design manual.
The manual should describe how things are thought and made. Which functions have been particularly important to express in the individual pieces.
Also what previous objects and works have arisen in the mind along the way and thus become conscious sources of inspiration.
My idea with a text and image pamphlet should initially be seen as an accompanying work for all the handmade things.
Well also, as an artistic and intellectual handover out into manual form and design. Maybe making an analogue pamphlet on paper sounds a bit anachronistic?
It may also well be in this context!

OLE JENSEN – Selected texts from the catalogue DESIGN MANUAL
Project and catalogue are funded by the Danmarks Nationalbank's Anniversary Foundation and the Danish Art Foundation's Project funding of Crafts and Design.

A CUP. Pinched with a rather thin body with a waist that turns it into a cup with a grip for the hand. Absolutely nothing special. Still, with its lightness and celadon-like glaze – and my explanations – it may just be elevated from pure primitivity to a (high) culture context. Perhaps?

A LARGE PLATE. A clay slab shaped as a plate. A stick was used to carve long, shallow lines in the surface, intended to add an understated hint of culture. Inspiration from Japanese temple gardens and Royal Copenhagen porcelain, although the result does not rise to either level. The intention was good!

A SALAD BOWL. Pinched a thin and monotonous form to give the bowl a light character. It came out with a surprising – but apt – crisp and crinkled character. Almost like a crinkled lettuce leaf. Here in an early version that deserves a place in the manual.

A SMALL JUG. It was difficult to make jugs with a ‘free’ and light expression. Here is a tiny one, where body and spout are almost one. and where everything is simple and straightforward. I like the way it turned out with the thin, transparent glaze. Maybe you have to have a soft spot for jugs to think this is something?

A DISH. A lump of clay is rolled out and takes on a fairly random form. The edge is raised up and lightly shaped, so the object becomes a serving dish. Almost too simple. Because the matt glaze manages to surprise and bring an independent, uncontrolled sense of life to an object, the dish – just barely – makes it into the manual.

A LARGE OVEN DISH. Aiming for an expression of heat. Handling the clay as if it were heavy, room-temperature meat. During the process, I think of Peter Voulkos and Gareth Mason, or perhaps Danish Jørgen Hansen, and their fierce and intense treatment of the clay. Probably I always harboured dreams of being equally wild, becoming one with the clay. I don’t have it in me. Still, the result is a fairly ‘hot’ and coarse oven dish, which may even prove functional.

A WATERING CAN. An early and fairly naive-looking form, which is underscored by the matt, milky glaze. So much so that the piece appears unrefined and down to earth. Which is in fact rather apt for its function as a watering can.

A CITRUS SQUEEZER. Shaped almost like a traditional glass lemon squeezer. First, I pinched the basic form with a thick body, then I cut it to achieve the final form. Not the easiest process, but the result is crisp and tart. Quite appropriate for a citrus squeezer.

A COLANDER (kitchen sieve). Made the body fairly thin, knowing it had to be ‘leaky’, with holes. In the soft clay, I find that I can prick a hole and then smooth it by pressing from both sides with a finger. That makes the holes soft and ‘friendly’. Finally, I add a pair of quickly shaped functional grips, mainly inspired by typical industrially produced colanders, although the overall look is anything but industrial. This was the first colander I made. It has a thin glaze and a fairly raw expression. Almost like a bog find.

A VASE. Aiming to pinch an object that shows that it has a reservoir for water, is able to hold flowers and is able to stand without tipping. And, ideally, not much more than that. The result is a very naive-looking form. The glossy and imperfect glaze gives the object an almost ‘amateurish’ expression. But because it largely still expresses its underlying intention, it has been included in the manual.

A RAISED DISH. Fairly quickly and expressively pinched and glazed. As you can see. Maybe with an air of something natural? Something grown? That is likely what I had in mind. A sort of wild and ‘unstudied’ Skønvirke or Art Nouveau expression.

SELECTED PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS AND PIECES - OLE JENSEN
Legendary – Ann Linnemann Gallery 2018
Top pitchers by Niels Lauesen and bottom series by Ole Jensen
- sold to the New Carlsberg Foundation.

← Thermos 2002, ABS plastic. Produced by Royal Copenhagen A/S

← Pitcher - Primal Pottery 2015
Hand thrown earthenware, stained glaze
← Tea pot - Paustian/Royal Copenhagen 1993. Cast faïence, yellow/black glaze

← Tea pot - 2017
Modelled earthenware, mat grey glaze

World Cup - Ann Linnemann Gallery 2017
International exhibition competition
"To make a thing that highlights and elevates the primary character of the cup, - to accommodate, in a simple and clear manner. The new cups are made with simple modelling. There is no particular equilibrium technique. Modelling technology allows for reinforcing and maintaining the overall idea without being seduced by a refined technique. The cups maintain the character of the idea and sketch in their final expression. Perhaps it is special that they are so simple and straightforward, - yes, almost primitive in their expression. Three thin legs raise the cup's cheek.
Red clay, mat high-fired glaze, white, yellow, transparent."

Form & Imagination - Ann Linnemann Gallery 2012
”It is not so easy to get in shape and be full of fantasy, and in the beginning it went a bit slow. The things became too thought-out and not free enough. Well assisted by the Spring and Summer, the colours and the phenomena, one gets well started with the clay and one thing leads to another. It is like an appearance of an almost fearless state with a new openness for aesthetic qualities beyond the perfect, 'good taste', stylistic order and what is in and out of time. A state of mind that can not necessarily be expected as permanent..”

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BIOGRAPHY - OLE JENSEN
Born in 1958

Ceramist and designer.
Lives and works in Copenhagen

EDUCATION
Design School Kolding 1981-85; The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen 1985-89

EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS
Earthenware, Exhibitionroom for New Ceramics, Copenhagen 2000 (solo); Crafts, Gallery Nørby, Copenhagen 2003 (solo); Danish Design Project, MoMA, New York 2004; Retrospective exhibition, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg 2006 (solo); Mindcraft 08, Milan 2008; European Design Since 1985, - Shaping the New Century, Indianapolis Museum of Art 2009; Mindcraft 09, Milan 2009; It’s a Small World, Danish Design Center, Copenhagen 2009; The Hærvej Project, by the Danish Art Foundation 2010; Form & Imagination, (with Louise Birch), Ann Linnemann Studio Gallery, Copenhagen 2012; The Opening (with Claydies), Copenhagen Ceramics Gallery, Copenhagen; Mindcraft 15, Milan, 2015, Mindcraft16, Milan, 2016, Sunshine, Køppe Contemporary Objects, Copenhagen, 2018; Biennalen for Kunsthåndværk og Design, Nordatlantens Brygge, Copenhagen, 2019; Ceramic Momentum, CLAY, Museum og Ceramic Art, Middelfart, Denmark, 2019

GRANTS AND AWARDS
Design Prize of The Design Foundation 1996; Memorial Grant of silversmith Kay Bojesen 1997; Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 2004; Torsten and Wanja Söderberg’s Prize, Sweden 2006; The Danish Arts Foundation life-long Honoray Grant 2009; Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfonds Honorary Grant 2012

REPRESENTED
The Danish Arts Foundation; Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen; New Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen; Museum Trapholt, Kolding; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne; Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Habitare Collection, Design Museum, Helsinki

DESIGN MANUFACTURED
Royal Copenhagen; Louis Poulsen; Normann Copenhagen; Muuto; Innometsä


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POTTER'S POTPOURRI - showcase Nov-Dec 2020

THE POTTER'S POTPOURRI
Erik Bendtsen, potter DK
SHOWCASE 19 November - 23 December 2020
The showcase is same time as the exhibition: Manual Design by Ole Jensen.
The potter's collection and new inspiration from the pottery.

This showcase exhibition offers a rare view into Erik Bendtsen's private collection of Danish earthenware along with some of his own works inspired by the long and lively tradition of mainly Danish pottery.

It is a historical selection of tail pots, colanders, figurine money banks, hole vases and of course the potpourri vessel, - which Erik has passionately collected and also used as a starting point for a number of unique pieces from his marbled dishes with lemons, owl vases and bird jars to hole vases in beautiful glazes that also reveals another passion for gardens, flowers, plants and flower-pots.

PIECES BY ERIK BENDTSEN – FROM THE POTTERY
Bouquetieres, marbled plates with lemons, bird vessels, owl jugs.

BIOGRAPHY
Erik Bendtsen (b. 1962) Traditionally trained potter with certificate in 1983.
Pottery in Faaborg 1983-2003. Gallery shop in Niels Hemmingsensgade 1993-2003.
Gallery shop in Kompagnistræde and workshop in Brolæggerstræde, Copenhagen from 2003. New pottery, Nybrogade 8, Copenhagen from 2020.

SELECTED PIECES FROM ERIK'S PRIVATE COLLECTION
Bouquetiere, Kastrup Fabrikken, Jacob Fortling, 1750-1760.
Smal basket, Stralsund, 1766-1770. Johann Ludwig Eberhard Ehrenreick.
Colander, Funen island, late 1800.
Ball piggy banks, Sorring, mid 1800.
Small apple-dumpling-pan, Sjælland, 1800.
Tail-pots, Rønnow, 1850erne. Rønnow started the pottery in Faaborg 1845-..Erik's studio 1983-2003.
Skotterup owl, the Austrian potter Strodl settled in Skotterup in the late 1860s to the early 1890s.

Bouquetiere: hole vase - Bouquetière: Flower girl, Flower vase.

Bouquet (bdk: ukæ/Buket), fr. (p. Bocage), Flowers bush, Flowers bunch; The spicy smell of the wine; Fireworks, a multitude of rockets rising at the same time; Bouquet de bois, dense pleasure forest, cluster of trees / bushes ..

Potpourri jar, vase with lid for storing the fragrance potpourri was common in the 18th century on chests of drawers and tables in the living rooms of the bourgeoisie. These were porcelain jars containing a mixture of flowers and herbs. Either the lid of the jar was perforated so that the scent could penetrate into the living room, or sometimes the lid was removed and let the scent spread.

Danish “Stjert-potter” and jute-pots are both equipped with three legs so that they can be placed directly on the fireplace and heated from below.
“Stjert” means "tail" and is the name of the handle which stjert-pots feature.
Tail pots has functioned in the same way as today casseroles that can easily remove from heat.

GALLERY artists - COLLECTABLES

DANISH AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC ART
CURRENT EXHIBITION - LINK
CLICK a photo = LARGE image + number of piece (Last edit Oct 2020)
Subject to change


Akio Takamori USA/Japan - www.akiotakamori.com


Ann Linnemann DK - CLICK - see Design Pottery by Ann Linnemann


Ann Linnemann DK & Paul Scott UK - CLICK - see Landscape Blue & Body Blue


Ann Linnemann DK - CLICK - see exhibition - Forms of Forest


Ann Linnemann DK - CLICK - see Collectables by Ann Linnemann



Anne Fløcke DK



Anne Mette Hjortshøj DK


Asger Kristensen DK


Barbro Åberg DK

sold

Beate Andersen DK


Bente Hansen DK



Bente Skjøttgaard DK


Better Lübbert DK

studio

Bodil Manz DK


sold

Charlotte Thorup DK



Christina Schou Christensen DK



Dorte Kristoffersen DK


Dorthe Sondergaard DK/Norway


Elisa Helland-Hansen N


sold

Esben Klemann DK


Extrudox A/S - Anne Tophøj - Steen Ipsen DK

- sold

Gerd Hjort Petersen DK


Gunhild Aaberg DK


sold

Gunhild Rudjord DK


Gunilla Maria Åkesson SE


Hans Munck Andersen DK


Hans Vangsø DK



Heidi Henze DK




Helle Hove DK


Inge-Lise Koefoed DK


Inger Heebøll DK


Jane Holmberg DK



Jette Löven Dahl DK - Ksenia Shigaeva RUS


Jonathan Keep UK - 3D-printed porcelain




Karen Bennicke DK



Karen Harsbo DK


Kim Holm DK


Kirsten Christensen DK


Kirsten Coelho AU


Kirsten Høholt DK



Kirsten Justesen DK


Kurt Weiser USA


Lea Mi Engholm DK


Lis Biggas DK


Lis Ehrenreich DK


Lisbeth Holst-Jensen DK

- studio

Lone Borgen DK & Stephen Parry UK



Lone Skov Madsen DK


Lotte Westphael DK


Louise Birch DK
- sold

Louise Gaarmann DK


Louise Sidelmann DK



Malene Müllertz DK


studio

Margaret O'Rorke UK - www.castlight.co.uk
Exhibition - Ann Linnemann Gallery 2011

Marianne Krumbach DK


sold

Marianne Nielsen DK




Mariko Wada DK/Japan


Martin Bodilsen Kahldahl DK
Exhibitions:
Ann Linnemann Gallery 2011

Ann Linnemann Gallery 2018



Masamichi Yoshikawa Ueda Japan



Mayu Ueda Japan


Mette Augustinus Poulsen DK


Mette-Marie Ørsted DK



Mikael Jackson DK


Mikael Jackson & Jens Rune Gissel - Heliotroper

- sold

Mona Vander DK


Morten Modin DK


Neil Brownsword UK

- sold

Nina Malterud NOK


Ninna Gøtzsche DK


Ole Jensen DK


Ole Vesterlund DK
- sold

Peder Rasmussen DK


Per Ahlmann DK


Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen DK


Prue Venables AU


Randy Johnston USA


Richard Shaw USA


- sold

Robert Banker USA


Samuel Chung USA



Samuel Johnson USA


Sandra Davolio DK
- sold

Sandra Trujillo USA
- sold

Sergei Isupov USA/Estonia



- sold
- sold

- sold

Sophia Nuske AU


Sophus Ejler Jepsen DK


Sten Lykke Madsen DK




Stephen Bowers AU


Steven Rolf USA



Søren Thygesen DK


Theis Lorentzen DK


Turi Heisselberg Pedersen DK


Ulla Bech-Bruun DK


Ursula Munch-Petersen DK




Ursula Munch-Petersen - design for Royal Copenhagen


Ursula Munch-Petersen - Dukkestel


Vibeke Krog DK


Vibeke Rytter DK


Vinni Frederiksen DK



Akio Takamori - Ann Linnemann - Anne Fløcke - Anne Mette Hjortshøj - Asger Kristensen - Barbro Åberg - Beate Andersen - Bente Hansen - Bente Skjøttgaard – Better Lübbert - Bodil Manz - Charlotte Thorup - Christina Schou Christensen – Dorte Kristoffersen - Elisa Helland-Hansen - Esben Klemann - Gerd Hiort Petersen - Gunhild Rudjord - Gunhild Aaberg - Hans Munck Andersen - Hans Vangsø - Heidi Hentze - Helle Hove – Inge Lise Koefoed - Inger Heebøll - Jane Holmberg - Jonathan Keep - Karen Bennicke - Karen Harsbo - Kim Holm - Kirsten Christensen - Kirsten Coelho - Kirsten Høholt - Kirsten Justesen - - Ksenia Shigaeva - Kurt Weiser - Lea Mi Engholm – Lis Biggas - Lis Ehrenreich - Lisbeth Holst-Jensen - Lone Borgen & Stephen Parry - Lone Skov Madsen - Lotte Westphael - Louise Birch - Louise Gaarmann - Louise Sidelmann - Malene Müllertz - Marek Cecula - Margaret O'Rorke - Marianne Krumbach - Marianne Nielsen - Mariko Wada - Martin Bodilsen Kahldahl – Mette Augustinus Poulsen - Mette Marie Ørsted - Mikael Jackson - Mona Vander - Morten Løbner Espersen – Morten Modin - Neil Brownsword - Nina Malterud - Ninna Gøtzsche - Ole Jensen - Ole Vesterlund – Per Ahlmann - Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen - Prue Venables - Randy Johnston - Richard Shaw - Samuel Chung - Samuel Johnson - Sandra Davolio - Sergei Isupov - Sophia Nuske - Sophus Ejler Jepsen - Sten Lykke Madsen - Stephen Bowers - Steven Rolf - Søren Thygesen - Theis Lorentzen - Turi Heisselberg Pedersen – Ueda Mayu - Ulla Bech-Bruun - Ursula Munch-Petersen - Vibeke Krog - Vibeke Rytter...