Wed, May 15, 2019 03:00PM EDT - Sat, May 25, 2019 03:00PM EDT
Brown 2015 Stoneware 13 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
Morten Løbner Espersen (Born 1965) is one of the most successful Danish ceramists of his generation. This work has a rising elegance with a bark like visceral glaze as its counterpoint. He writes that “The vessel is my object of choice. An archetypical form I’ve spent 20 years making variations on, from the functional and modest, to the aesthetic and sumptuous. Clay is my material of choice, because it contains so many possibilities: a plastic, amorphous material of incomparable formability that can be fired into imperishable, precise forms.” Likened to the frothy, volcanic surfaces of Lucie Rie’s stoneware, the organic and protruding forms of Axel Salto’s “budding” vases, and a Patrick Nordstom brilliance in glazing, Espersen’s clay forms exercise the full potential of his self-imposed neutral starting point. His vessels come from opposing poles, those of modest, cylindrical nature or a chaotic, writhing mass of tubes and protrusions with layered glazes, Espersen strives to create a quality in glazing. He shows internationally and his work is in numerous museums. Espersen is represented in the US by Jason Jacques Gallery, NY.
Gift of the Artist and Jason Jacques Gallery
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