A revitalization of the ceramic figure, related to the Japanese dogu.
The Decadent Dogu works represent a revitalization of the ceramic figure, not the familiar rococo porcelain figure but rather the Japanese dogu, which has a history going back more than 10,000 years.
The works are deconstructions of recognizable fragments, but they have been incorporated into an abstract form as echoes of a jar, a vase or a pot. These are jars with complications, which let the works escape the clear statement and functional purpose, and pursue uncertainty rather than an easily decoded, unambiguous element.
All the works are hand-thrown in sections, which are then put together while the clay is leather-hard. Next, it is glazed and fired repeatedly before it is eventually painted with lustre that is fixed in the firing. The works are not based on a draft and are not predetermined but emerge intuitively in a dialogue with the material.
Michael Geertsen b. 1966, ceramist
Michael Geertsen has established himself as one of Denmark’s leading ceramists. He has found his own expression, which mixes inspiration from classic ceramics with trends from contemporary art and pop culture. Geertsen creates works with a strong form expression that spark a sense of recognition and wonder with their interpretations of familiar shapes, which in Geertsen’s hands take on an alien appearance as if they had come from another planet.
1993: The Danish Design School (now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design)
1991: The School of Decorative Art, Ceramics and Glass Line
1988: Potter’s training
2012: Copenhagen Ceramic, “Ohh La la Majolica” together with Peder Rasmussen
2012: “Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics”, the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2011: Solo exhibition, Jason Jacques Gallery, New York
Grants and honours
2008: Winner of “Container” section, International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics, Vallauris, France
2007: Silver prize, World Ceramic Biennale, South Korea
1999: Three-year working scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museum of Arts and Design, New York