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.
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.