Dish – Between Earth and Sky
by Tora Urup

A group of solid circular glass dishes, each with a unique character.

Dish – Between Earth and Sky
A group of solid circular glass dishes, each with a unique character due to the textured decoration on the underside. In a hand-crafting process, hot glass is rotated to form a disc, and the underside is sprinkled with coloured glass powder. This process makes each dish unique, depending on the chemistry and distribution of the powder. In the final stage, the top surface is cut and polished. The textured decoration interacts with the background, which is visible through the open structure, and is optically affected by the solid clear glass, and the reflecting top surface mirrors the surroundings. The inspiration for the work is site-specific, drawing on the exhibition venue: the reflecting background that the dishes are to be mounted on and the courtyard of the San Simpliciano Cloister. As objects, the dishes thus relate both to each other and to their surroundings, reflecting Tora Urup’s keen interest in exploring both the object itself and the object in space.


Ø 24-25 and 30-33 cm, height 4-5 and 5-6 cm

shades of white, black, lacquer red, terracotta, azure, grey and sand

Tora Urup
glass artist and designer, b. 1960
Tora Urup’s work is driven by an interest in objects that challenge or tease our visual perception. She has chosen glass as her creative medium for its inherent ‘magical’ qualities in this regard. In her work, the material and creative processes are important sources of inspiration, as she explores how a few, simple tools and variations in basic features such as the thickness, colour and structure of the glass can alter our visual perception of an object. The point of departure for her creative process is typically a functional object, such as a bowl or a dish. She sees the possibilities in limitations and enjoys the magical process where unpredictable and wonderful things arise within the framework she has set for herself. At first glance, the objects may seem simple, but their abstract quality and complexity are revealed upon closer inspection when they are seen, touched and felt.

1994: MA from Royal College of Art, London, UK
1989: graduated from The School of Decorative Art, ceramics and glass line (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design), Copenhagen
1982-83: assistant at Tobo Sugi ceramics studio, Tokoname, Japan

Selected clients and collaborations
2012 to date: Collaboration with Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
Co-founder and member of ‘Butik for Borddækning’ (Shop for Table Settings), Copenhagen
2007: ‘Crafts selection’ for Fritz Hansen
2006: glass collection for Kimura Glass, Tokyo
1996-2001: collaboration with Royal Copenhagen/Holmegaard

Selected grants and honours
2014: honorary grant from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968
2010: honorary award from Inga og Ejvind Kold Christensens Fond
2009: ‘Bayerischer Staatspreis’ (Bavarian State Award)

Selected exhibitions
2014: solo exhibition, Danmarks Nationalbank, Copenhagen
2014: solo exhibition, ‘Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees’, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2011, 2012: MINDCRAFT, Milan

Selected collections
New Carlsberg Foundation
Designmuseum Danmark
The European Museum of Modern Glass in Coburg, Germany



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Terroir <br>by Edvard-Steenfatt
Pedestal <br>by Halstrøm-Odgaard
Basic Bar <br>by Ole Jensen
Eiffel <br>by Jørgensen-Depping
Tram <br>by Akiko Kuwahata
Solid Table <br>by Cecilie Manz
Selfie <br>by Eske Rex
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