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Malene Hartmann Rasmussen

Malene Hartmann Rasmussen Ceramicist
English, Danish, German
By appointment only
+44 7807807676
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Fuelled by myths and fairytales

  • • Malene’s work often has very personal meaning
  • • She is inspired by Danish myths and legends
  • • She won the Jerwood Makers Open prize in 2015

Malene always enjoyed creative activities including drawing, knitting and crocheting, but she initially pursued her love of arthouse films by becoming a cinema projectionist in her native Denmark. During her 20s she started taking pottery classes with a friend on the weekends, a hobby that grew into something more as she fell in love with the material and started selling functional ceramic pieces at craft markets. When she turned 30 she finally gave up the cinema and went to study ceramics at art school in Bornholm, where she moved from functional work into sculpture. Now, she lives and works in London, where her many achievements include a residency at the V&A museum.

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Horn of Plenty

Tabletop piece made for the exhibition Material Earth II: Myth, Material & Metamorphosis at Messums Wiltshire.

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In the Dead of Night

These rabbit-like animals surrounded by ceramic forests are part of an installation made for Jerwood Makers Open at Jerwood Space, London. Marlene drew on childhood memories and daydreams to create this ceramic fairytale land.

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These three ceramic acorn shells lying atop a nest of brown ceramic twigs are part of a tabletop piece made for the exhibition Nightfall at Jessica Carlisle, London. The piece was acquired by Swindon Museum in 2019.

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Troll #7

This ceramic wall piece made up of green leaves, multi-coloured snails, bright flowers and berries draws its inspiration from Scandinavian mythological tales. It is part of the series Troldeskoven (In the Troll Wood) made for Collect Open at Saatchi Gallery.

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