Broiler Bowls is a set of three blue/white porcelain bowls with ceramic silk-screen printing. The pattern on the bowls illustrates the growth rate and cramped living conditions of broiler hens. A normal broiler hen usually has a living space that is slightly smaller than an A4-sized sheet of paper. The birds are depicted in a scale of 1:10 at 5, 15 and 30 days of age – illustrated in the three differently sized bowls. With this product, her agenda was to highlight production methods in a simple way – here, the extreme (and rapid) growth of broiler hens. Like The Danish Pig, Broiler Bowls aim to depict the process leading up to the broilers landing on the consumer’s table. This intent is not to moralise, however, and thus it is essential to make the bowls decorative as well.
Anna Olivia Kristiansen
b. 1978, Danish ceramic designer
Anna Olivia Kristiansen graduated as a ceramist from the Glass and Ceramic School on Bornholm in 2003 and from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2006. She has held several exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, including the Biennale of Crafts and Design in Kolding (2009) and the Object Factory II at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2009). In 2007, she was awarded the EKWC Grant for Young Participants.
In 2011, Anna Olivia designed anniversary cups for The Danish Society for the Conservation of Nature to mark the association’s 100th anniversary. When creating her works, Anna Olivia Kristiansen aims to develop functional objects for everyday use that have an additional agenda. She draws inspiration from the society that she is a part of – phenomena that she finds intriguing or concerning. She tries to find ways to present otherwise dull facts and figures in new and surprising ways. Often, her ceramic works are imbued with powerful statements that comment on our times. Thus, the porcelain invites debate and afterthought, but it can also simply be enjoyed for its purely decorative properties. It is exactly this juxtaposition of enlightenment and graphic aesthetics that let her create informative products that do not become didactic or patronising.