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Marie Janssen

  • Ceramicist
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Master Artisan
Marie Janssen Ceramicist
Contact
German, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+43 6606169054
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Fascinated by fire

  • • Marie finds new forms for tiled stoves
  • • Her stoves aim to make the source of warmth a visible feature
  • • She was a finalist in the Loewe Crafts Prize 2018

After graduating in fine arts from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Marie Janssen began to devote herself to a familiar object from her childhood – the tiled stove. She collected images related to different kinds of tiled stoves, including folktales and proverbs. She was fascinated by the idea of giving shape to the source of warmth, which these days is mostly hidden, and therefore creating a warm centre in the house once again. During her time working with a wunderkammer collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, her idea for a ‘shrouded furnace’ – an oven covered with a ceramic tiled 'cloth' – was born.

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Works

  • © Johanna Folkmann
  • © Marie Janssen
  • © Johanna Folkmann
  • © Officinaluce photography
  • © Steffi Eckelmann Photography
Photo: © Johanna Folkmann
Shrouded furnace 1

This large glazed ceramic stove creates a cosy feeling of warmth in the home. The stove embodies the fascination with fire that has existed throughout history. The ceramic cloth is the veil of mystery that hangs in perfect harmony above the hearth – the place where fairy tales begin.

Height 240 mm
Length 150 mm
Width 150 mm

Marie Janssen Ceramicist
Photo: © Marie Janssen
Fire trunk 2

The exterior of this fire-trunk stove has been designed to reflect the effect of fire on tiles. The terra sigillata surface bears traces of the flames that moved across it, scorching the tiles and transforming their original white colour into shades of grey and black.

Height 150 mm
Length 140 mm
Width 120 mm

Marie Janssen Ceramicist
Photo: © Johanna Folkmann
Shrouded furnace 5

This large, pink-hued ceramic stove brings warmth to a room, both physically and aesthetically. The tiles have been designed to create the illusion of cloth covering a hidden treasure. This mediator of mystery reflects the hearth as a place swathed in myths and legends. The stove embodies the fascination with fire that has existed throughout history.

Height 130 mm
Length 90 mm
Width 120 mm

Marie Janssen Ceramicist
Photo: © Officinaluce photography
Shrouded furnace 4

A veil of glazed ceramic tiles covers and conceals this stove’s intrinsic purpose – to bring warmth to the home. The ceramic cloth, as a mediator of mystery, reflects the hearth as a place swathed in myths and legends. The stove embodies the fascination with fire that has existed throughout history.

Height 210 mm
Length 110 mm
Width 110 mm

Marie Janssen Ceramicist
Photo: © Steffi Eckelmann Photography
Shrouded furnace 3

A veil of ceramic tiles glazed in glittering river sand covers and conceals this stove’s intrinsic purpose – to bring warmth to the home. The ceramic cloth, as a mediator of mystery, reflects the hearth as a place swathed in myths and legends. The stove embodies the fascination with fire that has existed throughout history.

Height 230 mm
Length 150 mm
Width 160 mm

Marie Janssen Ceramicist

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