Glass material developed from soil collected from the Toyama Prefecture. This glass together with nine others will be exhibited at Gallery A. Petersen.
From April to June we worked as apprentices at Peter Ivy's studio in Toyama and travelled across Japan for geological sights.
We work with the ceramic materials: glass and ceramics. In Japan we were fortunate to meet Peter Ivy (glass master, Toyama), Jissei Omine (ceramics master, Okinawa), Hatada Yoshito (lampworking master, Osaka), Takakuni Kawahara (paper master, Tateyama), Yamada Satoko (ceramics master, Tateyama), Takeshi Ogino (lacqer master, Tateyama), Tsuguhira Toma (farmer, Okinawa), Jyunji Murakami (gallerist, Okinawa), Yukio Shakunaga (ceramics master, Tateyama) and Shigeru Toyoshima (coldworking master, Osaka) who helped us gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese craft traditions, the Japanese material heritage and geological properties. In Peter Ivy's studio we got the opportunity to develop a glass with a ceramic expression - researching and developing glass that reveals its material compositions - as a material coming straight from the earth as well as creating a Japanese glass palette narrating the surroundings, without the use of unhealthy chemistry.
We wish to emphasise the "ceramic" approach to our work in glass. We apply soils "hands-on" to our glass melts - a work method that has been dominating in the Japanese ceramic tradition. Applying soils from different regions, results in a range of different colours in glass - grains of sand, small stones, and bobbles are visual in the glass and creates the ceramic expression we are aiming for.
Exhibited at Gallery A. Petersen in Copenhagen from October 4th - February 2019.
Bornholm is a Danish island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. While the island only covers 1,3 % of the land of Denmark, it is also geologically the most copious land surface of Denmark. The island hosts bedrocks from the Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic and the Cenozoic era.
Bornholm is rich in raw materials and this has in the past created an abundance of for example ceramic and rock industries. Today the island earns the title 'World Craft Region' for its quality and abundance of craft studios.
Our research on the earthly materials started on Bornholm and Bornholm is the home of our ceramic production.
Graphic visual of the island Bornholm with the forests and rivers indicated. The red marks are the (approximate) geographical sights, where soils were collected.