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Steen Ipsen

Steen Ipsen Ceramicist
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Danish, English
Hours:
Friday to Sunday 11:30 - 17:00
Phone:
+45 51275458
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Breaking with tradition

  • • Steen's works can be found in museums around the world
  • • He is known for investigating a theme again and again
  • • He was a teacher at the Danish Royal Academy

Steen Ipsen's life’s work is to explore the combination of form and decoration. “My intentions at the beginning, and still nowadays, are to create a set of rules for combining basic geometric shapes where form and decoration work together to obtain an optical effect,” he explains. One of the most talented ceramicists of his generation, Steen was born in Naestved, Denmark, and was only 18 years old when he was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy in 1984. A common thread in his work is geometric patterns based on mineral and organic growth principles such as cell division, cell fission and crystallisation. His signature sculpture series is called Tied-Up and features joined, monochrome glazed spherical shapes, that are tied up with coloured strings of PVC or leather.

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Works

  • © Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
  • © Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
  • © Ole Akhoej
  • © Ole Akhoej
  • © Ole Akhoej
Photo: © Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Ellipse 14/2019

Narrow strips of red PVC bind together the white glazed earthenware shapes to form this spatial sculpture. Steen’s ceramic creations are innately decorative. Though he often incorporates materials such as PVC, handcrafted glazed clay forms the core of his works and philosophy.

71 cm
58 cm
58 cm

Steen Ipsen Ceramicist
Photo: © Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Ellipse 10/2019

Steen’s spatial ceramic forms have an innately decorative function. This blue glazed earthenware sculpture seems to be held together by the narrow strips of yellow PVC. Steen often integrates this material into his sculptures, although hand-crafted glazed clay forms the core of his works and philosophy.

44 cm
50 cm
42 cm

Steen Ipsen Ceramicist
Photo: © Ole Akhoej
Organic movement 11/2016

Steen traced the lines on this sinuous white glazed earthenware sculpture using black decals. It is not uncommon for his works to include such materials, but the nucleus of his spatial ceramic sculptures and philosophy is the handcrafted glazed clay.

24 cm
31 cm

Steen Ipsen Ceramicist
Photo: © Ole Akhoej
Tied Up 8/2017

Steen’s spatial ceramic forms have an innately decorative function. He integrated pink PVC strips into this light blue glazed earthenware sculpture. While it is not uncommon for his works to include such materials, the nucleus of his works and philosophy is the handcrafted glazed clay.

44 cm
32 cm

Steen Ipsen Ceramicist
Photo: © Ole Akhoej
Tied Up 14/2017

Light blue strips of PVC have been integrated into this black glazed earthenware sculpture. While it is not uncommon for Steen’s spatial ceramic forms to include such materials, the hand-formed clay and glaze are at the core of his works and philosophy. His works have an innately decorative function.

35 cm
49 cm

Steen Ipsen Ceramicist

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