ERIKSEN 1918 -
DAME OF Danish Ceramics who ever since she graduated from the Danish
School for Arts and Crafts as one of the first has had a distinct
innovative style of her own - starting with her graduating work at
' Kunstnernes Efteraarsudstilling in 1938 with her delineated and
sculptural forms .
Gutte Eriksen quickly sought challenges outside Denmark on her many
study tours, first in Gt. Britain working with Bernard Leach, who
subsequently visited Eriksen several times in Denmark and then via
the old French pottery centre St Amand-en Puissaye finalizing at La
Borne where especially the footed 'coffee cup' The Mazagran inspired
It was however after the Leach sojourn that Eriksen seriously was
inspired by and engaged in the techniques and forms of the far east.
In 1950 the British ceramicist Michael Gill visited Gutte Eriksen
and she became
interested in his glazes which she further developed into the glazes
are characteristic for her vessels, varying from black, degrees of
blue, brown and grey with sometimes with specs of red/turquoise.
The pieces illustrated on this page are examples of the various stages
in the development of Gutte Eriksen's work.
Retrospective COLLECT 2O10 at the Saatchi Gallery London, and now at SOFA 2O12 NY