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Pia Baastrup

  • Ceramicist
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Master Artisan
Pia Baastrup Ceramicist
Danish, English
By appointment only
+45 27203940
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From paper to porcelain

  • • Pia finds her Danish aesthetics mimic those of Japan, without ever having visited
  • • Her ribbon bowls were inspired by the way leftovers were stored in the fridge
  • • Her shop held over 50 curated thematic exhibitions during its ten years

Pia Baastrup has adopted a crisp and contemporary take on ancient tradition and material. Her series ‘From Paper to Porcelain’ counts more than 20 pieces of functional tableware made from China porcelain burned at high temperatures to underline its translucency. She uses the time-consuming slab building technique, complimented by the folded joints creating contours and subtle patterns that add an extra decorative dimension to the paper-looking porcelain. Baastrup makes each product by hand in her studio in the north-western neighbourhood of Copenhagen, where an industrial building lends studios to a handful of some of Denmark's most sought after ceramicists and glass artists, creating a small craft community on location. In addition to her products, Baastrup curates exhibitions in the former gallery shop, Butik for Borddækning (or Shop for Table Settings), which she co-founded with other craftspeople in the centre of Copenhagen.

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Ribbon bowl

These porcelain ribbon bowls, available with or without lids, were created with the slab building technique. The lower version is merely a serving dish, which can be turned upside down and used as a lid. The bowl won the Danish Arts & Crafts Association’s Award Håndfuglen in 2015 as ‘Best new product of the year’.

Small 7.5 L x 7.5 W x 3.4 H cm
Medium 10.5 L x 10.5 W x 5.5 H cm
Large 14 L x 14 W x 6.5 H cm

Photo: ©Ole Akhøj
Set for sake

This set in porcelain and clay, created with slab building technique, has several different functions. The cups are great for hot and cold drinks or can be used as small bowls for sugar, jam or mustard. The jug for milk, cream, sake, soya sauce or dressing. The tray is functional for candles, oil bottles, wine bottles or as a plate or dish for serving food.

Jug, porcelain H 13 cm
Cup, porcelain H 6 cm
Tray, clay D 15 cm

Photo: ©Ole Akhøj
Cups with handle

Porcelain cups for coffee, tea or hot chocolate created with slab building technique. The large cup is also perfect for serving a small portion of soup or dessert.

Height 6 cm
Diameter 11.5 cm

Photo: ©Ole Akhøj

Pia was part of the exhibition Atrium – The living Pot in October 2018 at CLAY: Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark – where she participated with two pieces, one being Portraits in which 15 round unglazed porcelain circles united reflect 15 portraits of the plant Tillandsia (Latin) which is placed in the middle.

Diameter 9 - 18 cm

Photo: ©Ole Akhøj

These serving spoons were created in glazed porcelain. They come in various sizes and designs, making them suitable for all types of food.

Length 6 - 27 cm

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