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Mette Maya Gregersen

Mette Maya Gregersen Ceramicist
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Danish, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+45 24647009
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Emotions in clay

  • • Mette Maya draws on psychotherapy in her work
  • • She makes various hand-built shapes
  • • Her pieces go through multiple firings and glazings

Mette Maya Gregersen trained in ceramics in London, before taking an MA in Art Psychotherapy at Sheffield University. She finds inspiration in nature, its growth and structures as well as in transforming her own emotions into clay, where the texture of the surface and its colours play an important role. The metaphorical names of Mette Maya's works often reflect her emotions. Her recent sculptures have been made using thin slats of wood which burn away during firing, gently recording the marks of what was once there. Combining earthenware and stoneware glazes, relinquishing control of the outcome, and embracing the element of surprise are essential components of Mette Maya's work.

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Works

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Geode

This delicate porcelain and stoneware clay sculpture was inspired by the growth and formation of geodes. Mette Maya Gregersen wanted to explore the natural design of quartz, dolomite and iron oxides. To do so, she used soft materials such as clay, which she pinched and delicately placed on a wall of stoneware rock. The contrast between the inner and outer surface of the sculpture evokes how geodes in nature only become apparent when the rock is cut in half.

Length 50 cm
Height 46 cm

Mette Maya Gregersen Ceramicist
Photo: © Lars Bay
Reveries

This piece was built layer upon layer using three different types of clay: earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. These materials do not technically combine well but separate, twist and turn like magnetic poles when fired. Mette Maya Gregersen built the form using organic materials that burn off during firing, “like the impressed memory of a daydream”. Working this way led her to dream of different paths, hence the title, Reveries.

Length 170 cm
Height 48 cm

Mette Maya Gregersen Ceramicist
Photo: © Lars Bay
Stalagmites

Over an entire summer, Mette Maya Gregersen covered a bamboo blind, hung from the ceiling of her workshop, with paper clay. Every day she applied a layer of wet porcelain slip and waited for it to dry before adding another layer of wet slip. Each layer contains different oxides, creating different colours. This sculpture is part of a series of two inspired by natural mineral formations, stalagmites and stalactites.

Length 33 cm
Height 53 cm

Mette Maya Gregersen Ceramicist
Photo: © Thomas Juul
Green

This porcelain and stoneware sculpture was built at a time in Mette Maya’s life where she felt that things were moving too fast and she needed to take a breath. Many small clay petals are separately attached to a small wave, constructing a sensory shape.

Length 36 cm
Height 18 cm

Mette Maya Gregersen Ceramicist
Photo: © Lars Bay
White Noise

Looking at this piece, it is hard to tell where it starts and where it stops. This was precisely Mette Maya’s intention when building it, as she tried to blur the boundaries between the interior and the exterior. Using a mixture of different clay and glazes, she fired it many times, continuously adding layers.

Length 50 cm
Height 36 cm

Mette Maya Gregersen Ceramicist

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