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05.01 – 28.01
Anders Ruhwald


Oh la la – Majolica … a Pottery Slam
by Peder Rasmussen and Michael Geertsen
Welcome to the opening Thursday 24 May 5 – 8 pm
On Saturday 26 May at 2 pm you are invited to an Artist Talk
with Michael Geertsen and Peder Rasmussen

Michael Geertsen and Peder Rasmussen at Copenhagen Ceramics
Foto: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Left: Michael Geertsen, Standing Object – Right: Peder Rasmussen: Romantic jug
Foto: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Left: Peder Rasmussen, Out of Place – Right: Michael Geertsen: Standing Object
Foto: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Co-works: Left Archadia – Right: Golden Jug
Foto: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

With their common educational background in the now almost vanished pottery tradition, Danish ceramists Michael Geertsen and Peder Rasmussen are challenging themselves and each other in an exhibition-tour-de-force within a classic ceramics discipline, the Majolica – tradition. Not only have they produced their individual works – but occasionally they have left the decorating of their own pieces to the other.

Michael Geertsen and Peder Rasmussen both belong to the small group of  contemporary ceramists, who also apprenticed as potters  – in their certificates termed as free-hand-throwers.
As young they found themselves in a world of age-old crafts and were thus among the last links
in a very long chain.

Speaking of this, they say: ’We both share great love of classic pottery; of the idea of the vessel and the ceramic figure as artistic medium, even in a world being ever more technological, as far from our starting point as can be imagined. Does this show in our work?  Is there any reminiscence  of something archetypical still present in our otherwise highly contemporary expression? In our own opinion, yes!  We actually insist that our education within a tradition-bound craft has imbued us
with a deep respect for  professionalism. It has also provided us with a reservoir of references – possibilities for ’professional quoting’. Anything goes. With the apprenticeship-certificate as baggage, we know that there are lots of unoccupied seats within the space of tradition’. 

This time both ceramists work with Majolica, the age-old technique of white-glazed and decorated earthenware, known especially from the Italian renaissance. From the great artists of the Della Robbia dynasty or the Deruta- workshops. Hispano-Mauresque faience, too, has been in their view with its ornamentation, lustres and other metallic effects. The technique itself tempts with a richness of colour unequalled in other techniques, thus offering possibilities for new stories, stylistic approaches and quotes.

The  exhibition is resulting from  a long dialogue between both ceramists. Not only have they made their individual works , but occasionally they have left the actual decorating of their own pieces
to the other. Out of pure curiosity and in full confidence that this kind of  ’obstruction’ will lead
to something new.

Both artists have long and comprehensive exhibition-careers behind them in Denmark and internationally. Their works are represented in important museum collections worldwide: Michael Geertsen’s works are in the V&A Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum , New York; Museum
of Art and Design, New York and Designmuseum Danmark to mention a few. Peder Rasmussen
is represented in the collections of the V&A, London; The National Museum, Stockholm; Museum
für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and many more.

Copenhagen Ceramics has the pleasure of inviting to an artist talk with both ceramists on Saturday,
26 May at 2. p.m in the gallery.

Copenhagen Ceramics
Smallegade 46, baghuset 2. sal tv
2000 Frederiksberg                                            

Contact: Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl
Mobile: 2728 5452

Wednesday — Friday: 1 – 6 pm
Saturday:  12 am – 4 pm

Click names to view each artists work:

Peder Rasmussen
Michael Geertsen


02.02 – 25.02
Bodil Manz and Bente Skjøttgaard

01.03 – 24.03
Karen Bennicke and Steen Ipsen

29.03 – 21.04
Turi Heisselberg Pedersen

26.04 – 19.05
Inhabitants — Group show

24.05 – 16.06
Peder Rasmussen and Michael Geertsen

30.08 – 22.09
Louise Hindsgavl and Gitte Jungersen

27.09 – 20.10
Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl

25.10 – 17.11
Marianne Nielsen and Anne Tophøj


22.11 – 15.12
Christin Johansson