A COLLECTOR'S HOME - December 2012

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Exhibition 1 – 23 DECEMBER 2012

Exhibition full of ceramic pieces - ceramics lovers & collectors dream.

The Gallery shows a 'living room' filled with special original pieces and sharply focuses on the ceramic collectables describing people, presence, art and love of material, craftsmanship, aesthetics, social and political concepts in ceramic art of our time.
How do you live in a home full of a passionate ceramic collection?
- Lifestyle TV-programs/magazines center on collectors, collections, beautiful homes, interior, living design, collectors market and purchases...
Ceramics are traditionally evaluated for functional values and valued as art objects. - Functional design, craftsmanship or artistic value?
All together this also just shows a desire for life and multiple ways of telling the stories, we do need to see and remember every day.

The exhibition is also about the use of things – finding room for original works on all the shelves and walls – and a table set for coffee/tea party, breakfast, dinner, lunch - in play with untraditional objects.

The exhibition offers inspiration for Christmas gifts, renewal of the home, additional pieces for the private collection and the joy of seeing a fine international selection of contemporary original ceramic art.
There are no limitations, but always room for a lifestyle with it all – full of delight, mind and beauty.
Things for the tables, walls, shelves – all rooms in the house for living, dining, kitchen...
Special pieces that can be bought for a few or more money by the passionate collector and by those, who simply are in love with beautiful unusual objects.

A COLLECTORS HOME will change during December..
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Artists: DENMARK - Anne Fløcke - Bente Hansen - Bente Skjøttgaard - Bodil Manz - Charlotte Thorup - Christina Schou Christensen - Esben Klemann - Extrudox A/S Steen Ipsen/Anne Tophøj - Gerd Hjort Petersen - Hans Munck Andersen - Hans Vangsø - Heidi Henze - Helle Hove - Iben Kielberg - Jakob Stig Isaksen - Karen Bennicke - Karen Harsbo – Kim Holm - Kirsten Christensen - Lis Ehrenreich - Lisbeth Holst-Jensen - Lone Skov Madsen - Louise Birch - Malene Müllertz - Marianne Krumbach - Marianne Nielsen - Martin Bodilsen Kahldahl - Mette Marie Ørsted - Mikael Jackson - Morten Løbner - Ole Jensen - Sandra Davolio - Sten Lykke Madsen - Turi Heisselberg Pedersen - Ann Linnemann .. USA - Akio Takamori - Kurt Weiser - Richard Shaw - Lesley Baker .. ENGLAND - Paul Scott - Margaret O'Rorke - Neil Brownsword - Charlotte Hodes - Stephen Dixon .. NORWAY - Elisa Helland-Hansen .. AUSTRALIA - Kirsten Coelho - Prue Venables - Stephen Bowers...

Opening hours in December: Tuesday - Saturday at 11.00-18.00 (11am-6pm)
(Closed December 24 - January 22 2013)

Bodil Manz (DK) is internationally acknowledged for her thin transparent porcelain cylinders with graphic transfers. The pieces were especially selected for the exhibition FRAGILE in June 2012 – One piece has an unusual organic form in contrast to the strict graphic lines at the cylinder form, that Bodil is mostly known for.

Bente Hansen is one of Denmark's best known ceramic artists.
She has in her long career been especially active and engaged in Danish ceramics and design. The pieces in the gallery are from 2012 with experimental use of layers of transfers on oval vessels and geometric forms. They are colourful and kaleidoscopic with memories of Bauhaus, Avant-garde from Russia and much more.

Esben Klemann (DK) is educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen. He is known for his remarkable sculptural and architectonic pieces, commission projects in Denmark and abroad. He works freely with architectural pieces for public space and exhibition. Always challenged by the characteristic qualities of the material and a desire to test limits of ability.
Pieces for the wall and horizontal.

Paul Scott (UK) www.cumbrianblues.com is an artist best known for his research into ceramics and print. His practice is diverse, so as well as making individual artworks, installations and artefacts for exhibition, he also works to commission, writes, teaches and curates. In 2010 Paul was awarded a Doctorate by Manchester Metropolitan University for his MIRIAD funded research project into printed landscape patterns on tableware Ceramics Landscape Remediation and Confection. Paul Scott creates individual pieces that are exacting and critical, blurring the boundaries between fine art and design.
A serving plate 'A Willow for Ai Weiwei'...

Akio Takamori (USA/Japan) is famous for his figurative works and masterly drawing on ceramic form. These pieces lustfully take a starting point in race, gender and togetherness. He often uses the vase, the container as a basic form on which the figure drawing freely moves outside and inside the form in a sensitive brush stroke. is famous for his figurative works and masterly drawing on ceramic form. Akio tells about eroticism and love in ways that carry the mind into secret places and hidden corners, revealed around and inside the forms.

Stephen Dixon (UK) www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk/p/sd is head of craft research at MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design) and well known for his research into ceramic print processes as well as his political works.
'Janus Head' is a large, composite head, based on the two-faced Roman God, a metaphor of the V&A ceramic collections. 'Inventory' a series of digitally printed porcelain plates combines drawings from the s V&A culpture collections with original archive documents relating to the collections.

Richard Shaw (USA) www.richardshawart.com is based in Berkley California and acknowledged for his pioneering, surreal, trump l'oeil sculptural forms. He has been a significant figure in American ceramics for over forty years and has an international reputation. His subjects are humoristic, and the pieces surprise the viewer with their refined trustworthy replication of real life.
Letters to Alice - Willow ware with Pin Cushion

Charlotte Hodes (UK) vwww.charlottehodes.com is Professor in Fine Art at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She has worked in a variety different media, including paper, textiles and ceramics. She made a significant body of work in collaboration with the Spode factory before its closure and is working with Paul Scott on new research into the Spode Archive. The dishes reference to the historical archive of copper engraved sheet and chintz transfers.

Lesley Baker (USA) www.lesleybaker.com is Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Herron School of Art and Design IUPUI, Indianapolis. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is about creating pieces with a level of subtle social statement and much like how we are presented information through mass media, the true message is not always obvious. Wall plate with printed motives.

Prue Venables (AU) makes the shift to porcelain the natural step for anyone looking for hardness and ringing clarity. Her objects are confidently utilitarian, with deliberate but understated echoes of the purposeful crispness and functionality. She is internationally recognized, lives and works in Australia.
Hand-thrown bowl with handles, black, mat glaze.

Stephen Bowers is an acknowledged Australian artist. His ceramic pieces may reflect ideas about recollection and persistence in the form of remnants and shards; and be about how sections of memory survive; and utilise borders, patterns, overlaps, edges and shadows. He regularly retrieves and re-positions images, representing ‘the familiar’, often sourcing ‘clichéd’ images (i.e. blue and white, willow pattern, wallpapers, natural history illustrations, etc.) within a personal contemporary context, often with a surreal, whimsical, humorous, sceptical or satirical subtext.

Paul Scott & Ann Linnemann Landscape Blue The printed lustred fine porcelain cups are hand thrown and glazed by Ann in her studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Paul creates the graphic then screen-prints in-glaze ceramic decals in his studio in Blencogo, Cumbria, England. They are interested in the way the hand made and the industrial can meld to create objects of use and beauty, but although working with thrown form and print they are not interested in 'mass production'. Only a very limited number of the objects are being created.

Marianne Nielsen (DK) www.mariannenielsen.com occupies an important position in Danish contemporary ceramic art. She is interested in the roles of nature in our time. It may be called a poetic or nerdy way, when she definite render natural subjects: mountains, feathers, leaves, flowers and plants..
Her pieces, refined with a delicate humoristic and aesthetic tone, describe essential beauty ideals and may hold secrets, private memories and undefined questions on reality, truth and our self. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious 3-years award by the Danish National Arts Foundation.

Ann Linnemann (DK) IMAGE LINK - 'Body Landscape' is inspired by memories of landscapes in and out of Denmark. The landscape and 'painting' theme, decorative and storytelling, play with illusion and form ideas. The horizon line tricks the eye's concept of near and far away in the 2D perspective image and the 3D-organic or round vessel form. The tales of nature are combined with 'trompe l'oeil', tricks of mind on reality, truth, dream or illusion. The pieces are one-of painted with ceramic colour and glaze on hand-thrown forms, round or altered.

Christina Schou Christensen is a Danish newly graduated ceramic artist, who won an art price and became known at her storming debute at the Danish Spring Art Exhibition, Charlottenborg Foundation 2012. She is one of the artists Danish collectors are showing an interest in. She exhibits remake of Royal Copenhagen plates and cups, where a glaze-mass is dripping and floating through holes in one form to the other – makes the viewer wonder.