On the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm there exists a long tradition of producing beautiful, functional Danish ceramics that reflect the subtlties of the island’ssurrounding nature – windswept landscape, the pure light and northern colour.
Here, 18 ceramists have come together on a journey to ensure that these local handmade techniques and design hertiage survive in the modern world, giving rise to the factory, Den Danske Keramikfabrik.
A factory in Denmark will keep our craft in Danish hands
The aim of the factory and its collective of modern makers is to develop handmade products with skilled craftsmen to deliver a balance between design, craft skills and technical skills. As well as creating employment for the local community, Den Danske Keramikfabrik intends become a knowledge base for ceramic manufacture in Demark – production and technical expertise -to provide a link that its believes is currently missing from Danish ceramics.
Working in porcelain and stoneware, the ceramists vision is to create a lively setting in which ceramics knowledge and know-how remain in Danish hands. In doing so they hope to ensure that Denmark’s reputation for design and mastery of craftsmanship, which demonstrates respect for materials and a thorough knowledge of their properties remains.
Made Journal discovered this inspirational quest to cherish Danish design heritage by these modern makers at northmodern, the Scandinavian design and lifestyle show. Inspired by the Danish Modern movement and Copenhagen’s unique positioning as a cultural destination, northmodern showcases the the exciting international talents that are working today, along with the best of Scandinavian design heritage.
All photography via Den Danske Keramikfabrik