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Lea Mi Engholm

Lea Mi Engholm Ceramicist
Contact
Danish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+45 60868478
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Knots of clay

  • • Lea Mi works mostly with two types of clay: blue and porcelain
  • • It can take months to finalise a piece
  • • She almost never uses glazes

Born in Korea, Lea Mi Engholm moved to Denmark and began her education at the Arts and Crafts Seminary in Kerteminde. She continued at Design School Kolding and then the HDK School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. She has been awarded prizes by the Danish Arts Foundation as well as several grants for her work. “I use simple approaches to explore clay’s forms of expression in a partially controlled process. I use manipulations, but I let the material do the rest.” For a short time, she produced tableware. But eventually it became clear to her that it was not the production itself that motivated her. So, she went back to experimenting, creating small sculptures and structures that are aesthetically unique.

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Works

  • ©Lea Mi Engholm
  • ©Ole Akhøj
  • ©Lea Mi Engholm
  • ©Dorte Krogh
  • ©Anders Vejen Andersen
Photo: ©Lea Mi Engholm
Drops

These black porcelain sculptures are part of Lea Mi Engholm’s "Drops" series. The objects are made from liquid porcelain drops and combined while still malleable. The solid sculpture is then worked on to give it a smooth surface. Lea aims to capture the softness of clay through her works. She works from an overall idea of showing the immediate properties of clay and therefore usually uses no tools, only her hands and raw clay.

Length 12 cm
Width 14 cm
Height 11 cm

Photo: ©Ole Akhøj
Drops

These hand-built ceramic sculptures, made from coloured porcelain, are part of Lea Mi Engholm’s "Drops" series. The objects are made from liquid porcelain drops and combined while still malleable. The solid sculpture is then worked on to give it a smooth surface. Lea strives to show the immediate properties of clay and therefore usually uses no tools, only her hands and raw clay. The works are a visual expression of a physical process, of material and of time.

Length 18 cm
Width 25 cm
Height 14 cm

Photo: ©Lea Mi Engholm
Drops

This hand-built sculpture is part of Lea Mi Engholm’s "Drops" series. The sculptural form is crafted from liquid porcelain and earthenware drops, combined while soft. The work is fired at a high temperature, which makes the red clay melt and turn into glaze. Lea likes the idea that the glaze is an integrated part of the shape.

Length 26 cm
Width 19 cm
Height 13 cm

Photo: ©Dorte Krogh
Drops

This hand-built sculpture is part of Lea Mi Engholm’s "Drops" series. The sculptural form is crafted from liquid porcelain and earthenware drops, combined while soft. The work is fired at a high temperature, which makes the red clay melt and turn into glaze. Lea likes the idea that the glaze is an integrated part of the shape.

Length 26 cm
Width 19 cm
Height 13 cm

Photo: ©Anders Vejen Andersen
Twisted

This ceramic sculpture is part of Lea Mi Engholm’s Twisted series. The object is made of high-fired red clay using coiling technique. Lea Mi likes the idea of showing the inherent nature of the clay. This work is made without use of tools, only interaction between her hands and the clay.

Length 38 cm
Width 36 cm
Height 16 cm

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