My world of shapes originates from biology, marine life in particular, and from the multitude of shapes and colours one can find in nature.In 1999, a major change in my artistic process occurred.
A vacation in Oman (the first of many, as it would turn out) opened my eyes to the amazing world of shapes found in the ocean. I’ve since become a certified diver and sought out the world beneath the the sea, diving in both Oman, the Maldives, Egypt and Denmark.
Argonaut egg cases, conch shells, shark eggs, ray eggs, prickly sea urchins, concave and neon green shells from sea snails, swaying anemones, prawns, alongside horsetail and every kind of plant seed cluster imaginable, are reflected in my ceramic works, joined by happy and playful frogs.
Explore my universe by clicking through the online catalogue and blog, or learn more about my work process at the Technique section.Or even better: Pay my beautiful and inspiring showroom a visit at its center location in Svendborg’s historic Latin Quarter.
In the picture above I’m drawing patterns in the sand in the Wahiba Sands desert of Oman. Although the silence and sand patterns of the desert can be fascinating, this is not where I get most of my ideas.
One of the most fascinating discoveries on my trips to Oman was meeting the argonauts. Their amazing egg cases have been an inspiration for artisans for centuries. My argonaut bowls are thrown and modelled, before being submitted to an extensive decorating process. It’s a shape that I continually work with, and one that keeps evolving on me.
The throwing process is arguably the most spectacular part of a ceramist’s trade.
This is where the shape is created and your experiences are truly thrown on the table. Decisions have to be made in seconds, and clay can have a mind of its own.
The throwing process is usually relatively intense and over fairly fast – the long haul lies in the aftertreatment, in the decorating and firing processes.