Archetypal jar shapes, excessively encircled by three-dimensional ornaments.
Horror Vacui – the fear of empty space – is a collection of ceramic works that embraces ceramics history and reinterprets classic virtues in the ceramics tradition. The works in the collection are all archetypal jar shapes, excessively encircled by wildly unruly three-dimensional ornaments. The works may be viewed as a sheer beauty and a tribute to the many faces of glaze and clay, which, in its fired form, inscribes itself in eternity.
Morten Løbner Espersen B. 1965, ceramist
Morten Løbner Espersen is fascinated with the expressive qualities of clay and glazes, and explores the simplicity of form through variations on archetypal shapes. He is constantly exploring new aesthetic possibilities. Whether he is working with a simple or a complex form they will always have a complexly multi layered glazed surface. Morten Løbner Espersen always strives for superb skins. He is known and respected for his exciting and experimental approach that can be inspired by classic, Chinese or common industrial ones. Another characteristic of his work is his use of the cylindrical form, which to him represents a sense of inner calm and stability. He explores the many possibilities of form and colour that the material holds, making use of different firing techniques and temperatures.
2009: Board member for the Nordic Watercolour Museum, Tjörn, Sweden
2005-2011: Visiting professor at the School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg
2004: Member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva
1989-90: École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués, Duperré, Diploma, Paris
1987-92: The Danish Design School (now The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)
Selected solo exhibitions
2013: Hedge Gallery, San Francisco
2012: Trapholt Museum, Kolding
2012: Jason Jacques, New York
Selected grants and honours
2000: Danish Arts Foundation, three-year working grant
1998: Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond
Beumans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
MAD Museum, New York