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Hanne Bertelsen

  • Ceramicist
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Master Artisan
Hanne Bertelsen Ceramicist
Danish, English
Tuesday to Friday 11:00 - 18:00, Saturday 11:00 - 14:00
+45 23982309
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A playground for glazes

  • • Hanne's aesthetic is distinctly nordic
  • • She was introduced to working with clay as a child
  • • Her experience is lifelong and technically advanced

Very few people discover their niche in childhood, but Danish ceramicist Hanne Bertelsen is one of them. It was love at first “throw” when she joined a clay course in primary school, and she went on to study ceramics at the Danish School of Design. After graduating in 1991, she immediately established her Copenhagen workshop where she has expanded her modern, curious and clean ceramic and porcelain assortment ever since. Permanence, however, only applies to her passionate work ethic. As far as Bertelsen’s aesthetic goes, it continues to explore the organic movements and tactile swiftness of nordic nature.

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  • © Hanne Bertelsen
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  • © Ole Akhøj
  • © Ole Akhøj
  • © Ole Akhøj
Photo: © Hanne Bertelsen
Multicolour porcelain

The surface of this hand-thrown porcelain vase with slip has been decorated with small grooves dug into the wet clay then filled with different colours. The idea was to exhibit the depth and materiality of the material. It has been burnt in such a way as to enhance the colour scheme.

Height 22 cm
Diameter 16 cm

Photo: © Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

This hand-thrown and perforated sculptural vase was inspired by imagery and properties of ice. A structure was shaped with a saw blade before adding black slip. The structure allows the glaze to “pull” the black colour, and a thick glaze makes glass drops appear at the bottom. Red hues were created with a burnt reduction with a bit of red “Oxblood” glaze.

Height 19 cm
Diameter 18 cm

Photo: © Ole Akhøj

This piece was inspired by imagery and physical properties of fossils as well as ice crystals and stamped with a hand carved pattern. The shape combines the raw and the refined; a thin and translucent body with sharp and unpolished edges.

Height 26 cm
Diameter 16 cm
Height 14 cm
Diameter 8 cm

Photo: © Ole Akhøj
Light catches

This hand-thrown porcelain sculptural vase has been left with a raw, jagged edge. Hanne Bertelsen likes to combine raw and refined aesthetics to add contrast and invite the eye to wander. The surface of the vase was perforated and decorated with black slip and red “Oxblood” glaze, burnt reduction.

Height 19 cm
Diameter 22 cm

Photo: © Ole Akhøj

This sculptural porcelain vase was inspired by the organic movements of seaweed at the bottom of the sea. The decoration has been scraped into the surface of the clay and the final surface texture and colour achieved with a burnt reduction and a bit of red “Oxblood” glaze to add colour.

Height 40 cm
Diameter 27 cm

Find Hanne Bertelsen in the itinerary

Copenhagen: from the pages of a fairy tale
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The fairy tales of writer Hans Christian Andersen paint an enchanting picture of his hometown Copenhagen. Follow our itinerary to discover craftspeople and galleries, whose magical creations seem to have come to life from the pages of Andersen’s stories.

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