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Elisabeth von Krogh

Elisabeth von Krogh Ceramicist
Norwegian, English
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+47 95750695
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Creating shapes out of clay

  • • Vases are central to Elisabeth's practice
  • • She wants the form to be interesting, whatever angle it is viewed from
  • • She loves being in her workshop, mastering her skills

“For me, working with clay is about creating shapes,” says Elisabeth von Krogh. “I often use vessels as a starting point. Partly because I worked with functional ceramics in my early career, but also because the vessel as an archetypal and sculptural form, as a container and a symbol, fascinates and inspires me. The transition from vessel to sculpture is a gradual process – when is an object a vessel, when is it a sculpture?” Elisabeth’s creations can be found in all applied arts collections of national museums in Norway, as well as in numerous private collections. She has exhibited extensively throughout Norway and in other European countries, and was awarded several public commissions, including by Oslo Airport.

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Coils of clay were built up to craft this earthenware vessel, which looks almost two-dimensional. The interior was glazed and the exterior decorated with a slip glaze. Elisabeth finds inspiration in the playfulness and visual power of the post-modernist period, influences that are integral to her work as she continues to experiment with shapes and colours.

Height 53 cm

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Stripes and Squares

Elisabeth shaped these two vessels with coils of clay and used a slip glaze for the outer decoration of geometric forms. Her work is influenced by the post-modernist style that became popular in Norway in the 1980s and inspires her to play with shapes and colours.

Height 50 cm

Photo: © Bjorn Harstad

The central form of this slip-glazed moss green vessel was thrown on the wheel, with cut-out elements added around it. Elisabeth used glaze on the inside and edges of the piece. Her work is influenced by that of the post-modernists, especially by the forms and colours intrinsic to the Italian Memphis Group.

Height 36 cm

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Yellow Figure

The bright yellow glaze of this hand-crafted and wheel-thrown earthenware form contrasts starkly with the black glaze on each tip. The colour and shape are reminiscent of post-modernist designs that were popular in Norway in the 1980s, especially those of the Memphis Group founded in Italy.

Height 52 cm

Photo: © Bjorn Harstad

This blue slip-glazed sculpture was hand-built with clay coils, with black press-moulded spheres added to the upper part. The design was strongly influenced by the Italian post-modernist Memphis Group known for the playfulness and visual power of their designs.

Height 120 cm

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