A decorative frieze with a contemporary ornament.
Frieze P7 is an oblong vertical sheet of clay with the imprint of a Pirelli P7 tyre. Bente Skjøttgaard produced the imprint by driving across the clay in her car. The tyre left a relief imprint in the clay, which was subsequently glazed and fired at 1280 degrees Celsius. Bente Skjøttgaard is fascinated with the patterns left by the tyre and takes advantage of the possibilities offered by the relief in interplay with ceramic glazes. Skjøttgaard addresses the soft, sensuous and tactile properties of the clay in the encounter between tyre and clay. The result of the direct impact of tyre on clay is, in Bente Skjøttgaard’s own words, ‘A decorative frieze with a contemporary ornament.’
The basic element in Bente Skjøttgaard’s work is the ceramic material, the matter – clay and glaze. Among other things, she works with liquid stoneware glazes, focusing on their capacity to produce very different results depending on their thickness and the firing of the stoneware. Bente Skjøttgaard’s idiom is often based on nature’s principles and regularities of form. This leads to works that look like strange, sometimes inscrutable growths or fragments of nature. She uses a relatively rapid pinching technique and allows traces of the working process to remain. This lets the glaze settle unevenly in the many tiny irregularities.
Bente Skjøttgaard’s works have been included in the collections at ‘Victoria and Albert Museum’ in London and ‘Musée National de Céramique’ in Sévre, France. Furthermore, her ceramic works have been displayed at ‘KIAF 2010′ (Korea International Art Fair) in Seoul, ‘Galerie Maria Lund’ in Paris (2010), ‘The Invitational World Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition’ in Korea in 2009 and Galleri Nørby in Copenhagen in 2000 and 2005, and she took part in the Danish Arts Foundation’s project ‘Kunst langs Hærvejen’ in 2011 and in Danish Crafts’ MINDCRAFT11 exhibition in Milan in 2011.
Over the years, Bente Skjøttgaard has received several grants and honours, including Annie and Otto Johs. Detlef’s ceramics award in 2005, the Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year working grant in 2001-2003 and the Danish Arts Foundation’s working grant in 2011. Furthermore, Bente Skjøttgaard is a co-founder of the exhibition venue Copenhagen Ceramics.
Bente Skjøttgaard, b.1961, ceramist. Graduated from the Kolding School of Design in 1986.