Primal Pottery Project
by Ole Jensen

Primal forms that almost seem to draw breath – ready to walk off and settle in our surroundings

Primal Pottery Project
In Ole Jensen’s creative interpretation, the theme of this year’s exhibition – In My Mind Craft – simultaneously engages mind and intellect, body, material and object. In his hands, the theme has found an expression in shared human symbols, signs and references with inspiration from early pottery. The resulting objects are made in red clay, and on his potter’s wheel, new and surprising expressions have been allowed to take form in the moment. In original cultures, utilitarian objects are often perceived and depicted as a body or a head, complete with ears, feet or legs. As animated beings. In this series, Ole Jensen has returned to these early roots of ceramics, rediscovering and giving life to a set of primal forms that almost seem to draw breath – ready to reach out and find their place in our surroundings.
red clay and glaze

from approximately H 30 × L 40 × W 30 cm
to approximately H 70 × L 40 × W 40 cm

reddish orange

Ole Jensen
Danish ceramicist and designer, b. 1958

Although clay is Ole Jensen’s primary material, he also works in a variety of other materials, depending on the task at hand, including rubber, wood and brass. His working process is generally analogue and hands-on with a clear focus on the function and usage context of the product. Most of his designs draw their inspiration from everyday objects and functions that call for a simpler, better, more self-explanatory or more aesthetically pleasing solution. Sometimes, the source of inspiration might be a particular word, an assignment from a client, a theme or the properties and behaviour of the material itself. Over time, his designs have covered a wide range of expressions and materials, but a consistent feature is his emphasis on transforming everyday phenomena to be able to present them in a radically new light.
1985-1989: Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
1981-1985: The Kolding College of Danish Design (now Design School Kolding)

Selected collaborations
Royal Copenhagen, Normann Copenhagen, Muuto, Louis Poulsen and Room Copenhagen

Selected grants and honours
2009: Honorary Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation
2006: Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, Sweden
2004: The Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Selected exhibitions
2012: ‘Form and Imagination’ (with Louise Birch), Ann Linnemann Gallery, Copenhagen
2008, 2009, 2015: Mindcraft, Milan
2006: Retrospective solo exhibition, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden

Selected collections
Designmuseum Danmark
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg


MINDCRAFT / Tuala Hjarnø

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Heavy Stack (Extrude) <br>by Maria Bruun & Anne Dorthe Vester
Tension <br>by Christina Schou Christensen
Deal with it <br>by Rosa Tolnov Clausen
I New It <br>by Freya Dalsjø
Undecided Impressions <br>by Dark Matters
Hanabi / Out of My Mind / Cosmos <br>by Yuki Ferdinandsen
MIFTAH <br>by Halstrøm-Odgaard
Primal Pottery Project <br>by Ole Jensen
... after <br>by Irv Johnson
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Sølvgade Chair <br>by Cecilie Manz
Denmark on my Mind <br>by Nicholas Nybro
Stafa <br>by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt
Mindframes <br>by Øivind Alexander Slaatto
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