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Cake stand by Wauw, jug by Tina Marie Cph, drinking glass by Sally Xenia, glass sphere (vase) by ABOUT FORM AND FUNKTION

‘Designer Zoo is back’, I was thrilled to announce in 2019.
Back with a diverse collection of craft objects, big and small, presented in a context resembling a gallery, every items clearly labelled with the name of the maker.
I love the fact that Designer Zoo is more of a shop specializing in craft objects than a curated collection with a narrowly defined style.

March 2019

I selected some pieces from the shelves.

In my photos, the craft objects appear alongside small handcrafted cakes from the exquisite bakery Leckerbaer located on Ryesgade in Copenhagen. The bakery was founded by Jacob and Gabi Mogensen, both trained chefs with international experience. Leckerbaer makes everything from scratch in the bakery next to the shop. Every day, they offer a selection of eight small cakes, varying with the season.

The photo series features craft objects by the following makers:

Icelandic ceramicist Bjarni Viðar Sigurðsson makes utilitarian ceramics in his studio in Reykjavik. The ceramics tells its own unique story about inspiration from Iceland’s magnificent and powerful nature. I have been following Bjarni’s work for a long and was thrilled to have this opportunity to portray his ceramics in photos.

Christina Hellevik and Leif Møller Nielsen, founders of the very established glassworks Pust (Blow), create products with a classic expression. The studio is located in Ebeltoft, which is also home to Glas: Museum of Glass Art.

Aarhus-based Dorte Kristoffersen works in stoneware and porcelain at the intersection of decorative and fine art. Her expression is narrative and enchanting. Dorte Kristoffersen’s work is new to me, and I am grateful for the introduction!

Left: vase/sculpture by Dorte Kristoffersen, candlestick by Marianne Krumbach; right: cake stand by Wauw with cakes from Leckerbaer

Hanne Bertelsen lives and works in Copenhagen. I have known her for a long time, 25 years to be specific. Her classic yet playful expression appeals to me, and I love her colour sense (even though the featured cup is almost white).

Karin Blach Nielsen, who lives and works in Copenhagen, came to my attention in connection with a photography assignment for the museum shop at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk north of Copenhagen. Since then, I have borrowed ceramics from her for several photo series and for two books, the cookbook MÆT (Full) and HÅNDVÆRK (Crafts). Karin’s stoneware has the most amazing colours.

Marianne Krumbach is also Copenhagen-based. I had the honour of presenting Marianne with the interior design magazine Bo Bedre’s award for Craft Maker of the Year in 2017. I was not involved in the nomination or choice, but I do agree with the jury’s motivation:
Here, we find ourselves in the borderland between utilitarian objects and fine art – craft in the best sense of the word. We see glimpses from Danish ceramic history and the great masters, including Arne Bang and Axel Salto. However, Marianne Krumbach is also entirely her own woman. She creates wonderful and beautiful pieces that spark surprise and curiosity and, not least, cause us to question the way we see the world. We need that.

Mikkel Lang Mikkelsen and Soffy Dombernowsky, aka About Form and Funktion, from Aarhus are relatively new to the scene. The studio name underscores their clear focus on form and function. The small spheres, or bubbles, are intended as vases and come in both a hanging and a standing version; the latter are placed on a thin tube that acts as a stand. I first saw the spheres at the market Finders Keepers, and they are just so neat! The universe is fairly flowery, and hurray for that, but the spheres can also stand alone, as one of them does here.

Tina Marie Bentsen (Tina Marie Cph) was nominated for Bo Bedre’s Craft Maker of the Year award along with Marianne in 2017. As far as I’m concerned, she would have been an equally excellent choice but for very different qualities than Marianne Krumbach. Here, the jury’s motivation might have been, ‘For a safe and familiar form expression and for her special mastery of the world of glaze.’

Saily Xenia has her studio in Copenhagen. I have not previously come across her work, so I have not paid her any attention – I definitely have some catching up to do! For many years, glass art has been overshadowed by ceramics, which has been getting everyone’s attention, including mine. Now, it’s time for glass to shine, if you ask me.

Sussi Krull, aka Wauw, has had her own studio in Copenhagen since 2006. In this photo series, Wauw contributes with a cake stand. One of those products that you buy simply because you need it (and because it is beautiful).

Designer Zoo er tilbage, jublede jeg i 2019.
Med en broget kollektion af stort og småt kunsthåndværk organiseret i en galleriagtig kontekst og skiltet, så man tydeligt kan se, hvor alting kommer fra.
Jeg elsker, at Designer Zoo på den måde er en specialbutik for kunsthåndværk mere end en kurateret samling, som passer til en bestemt smag.

Jeg har været på hugst på hylderne

I mit regi er kunsthåndværket sat sammen med kagekunsthåndværk fra den fine lille småkagebager, Leckerbaer, som ligger på Ryesgade i København. Bag konceptet står Jacob og Gabi Mogensen, der begge er uddannede kokke med international erfaring. Leckerbaer laver alt fra bunden i det tilstødende bagerværksted. Hver dag er der otte småkager at vælge imellem i disken, og sortimentet skifter efter sæsonen.

I billedserien her er der brugt kunsthåndværk fra:

Islandske keramiker Bjarni Viðar Sigurðsson arbejder fra sit atalier i Reykjavik med brugskeramik. Keramikken fortæller sin helt egen historie om inspiration fra en storladen og kraftfuld natur. Jeg har fulgt Bjarnis virke længe. Dejligt at få lejlighed til at fotografere keramikken.

Christina Hellevik og Leif Møller Nielsen står bag det meget etablerede glasværksted Pust, som er hjemmehørende i Ebeltoft. Deres sortiment er sikkert og til den klassiske side. Ebeltoft er i øvrigt placeret eftertrykkeligt på Danmarkskortet når talen falder på glas, idet byen også er hjemsted for Museet for Glaskunst.

Århusbaserede Dorte Kristoffersen arbejder med stentøj og porcelæn i krydsfeltet brugskunst og kunst. Hendes formsprog er eventyrligt og fortryllende. Dorte Kristoffersen et nyt bekendskab for mig. Jeg takker for at være blevet introduceret!

Left: plate and vase by Bjarni Viðar Sigurðsson, cup by Hanne Bertelsen, right: cake stand by Wauw, cup by Hanne Bertelsen

Hanne Bertelsen bor og arbejder i København. Jeg har kendt hende længe, 25 år mere præcist. Hendes på en gang klassiske men endog legende formsprog tiltaler mig, og så er jeg vild med hendes farvesans (også selvom koppen, der er vist her, er næsten hvid!)

Karin Blach Nielsen, som bor og arbejder i København, fik jeg øje på, i forbindelse med at jeg fotograferede for museumsbutikken på Louisiana. Jeg har siden lånt keramik til flere billedserier og til både kogebogen MÆT og til HÅNDVÆRK hos hende.  Karins stentøj udkommer i de mest fantastiske farver.

Marianne Krumbach er også Københavns baseret. Jeg havde den ære at dele Bo Bedres pris ”Årets Kunsthåndværker ” ud til Marianne i 2017. Jeg var ikke involveret i hverken nominering eller valg af kunsthåndværker, men motivationen er jeg enig i. Den lød således:
“Her bevæger vi os i grænselandet mellem brugsting og kunst – det er kunsthåndværk i ordets bedste betydning. Vi ser glimt fra den danske keramikhistorie og de store mestre som både Arne Bang og Axel Salto. Men Marianne Krumbach er samtidig helt sin egen. Hun formår på forunderlig vis at skabe de smukkeste værker, som i den grad overrasker, gør os nysgerrige og ikke mindst får os til at sætte spørgsmålstegn ved den måde, vi ser verden på. Og det har vi brug for.”

Mikkel Lang Mikkelsen & Soffy Dombernowsky alias ”About Form and Funktion” fra Århus og er relativt nyetablerede. Deres navn siger det meste – stramt styret formsprog og funktionen? De små kugler er tænkt som blomstervaser. De findes både i en hængende version og i en stående version, hvor de kommer med et tyndt rør, som de kan stå i. Jeg så dem første gang på markedet Finders Keepers. De er fine. Deres univers er ret blomstret og hurra for det, men kuglerne kan også som her stå alene!

Tina Marie Bentsen (Tina Marie Cph) var nomineret til Bo Bedres ”Årets Designer” pris sammen med Marianne i 2017. For min skyld kunne også hun have vundet, men i så fald for noget helt andet end Marianne Krumbach. Her kunne motivationen have lydt: ” For et sikkert og genkendeligt formsprog og for en særlig evne til at folde glasurens verden ud”.

Saily Xenia har sit studio i København. Jeg er ikke tidligere stødt på hendes virke, og hun har derfor ikke fået opmærksomhed fra min side. Det er en fejl, som jeg skal råde bod på. Glaskunsten har i mange år stået i skyggen af keramikken, som til gengæld er på alles læber, også mine. Nu er det glassets tur, hvis det står til mig!

Sussi Krull alias Wauw har siden 2006 drevet værksted i København. I denne serie bidrager Wauw med en kageopsats. Et af den slags produkter som man køber helt enkelt, fordi man mangler det (og fordi det er smukt).

Glass vase by Pust, ceramic bowl by Karin Blach Nielsen, ceramic vase by Bjarni Sigurdsson

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