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Dinnerwarevision 5

Dinnerwarevision 5 is a dinner set consisting of plates and bowls in various sizes and shades of colour made in porcelain and stoneware. With this set, Anne Tophøj set out to create a rational production of dinnerware with individual shapes and expressions. The dinner set is characterised by visual variation, and the intended use is left open. In her creation of Dinnerwarevision 5, Anne Tophøj experimented with various ceramic production methods where the process is not under full control, or where openings allow random factors to take over. For example she has introduced the use of forces that are not completely under her control: gravity, the centrifugal force etc. She initiates a process that runs its course, and then the chips will fall as they may. There are several ways for random factors to influence the resulting expression, but in this project Anne Tophøj sought to avoid any traces of the human touch to create a dinnerware set that appears exclusively as an expression of material, tools and process.

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Anne Tophøj

b. 1960, Danish ceramist and industrial designer MID

Anne Tophøj graduated as a ceramic designer from the School of Decorative Art (now The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design) in 1989 and holds a master’s degree in industrial design (MID) from Pratt Institute in New York from 1993. In 2004-2007, she received the Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year working grant. She received an artist’s grant from Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond in 2012 and was awarded the Biennale Award in connection with the Biennale for Crafts & Design in 1999. She has exhibited widely, including the exhibition Souvenix at the Danish Museum of Art & Design (now Designmuseum Danmark) in Copenhagen in 2002-2003, Craft in Dialogue 6 at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm in 2005-2006 as well as Danish Crafts Collection in 2011 and 2012 and Mindcraft in Milan in 2012 and 2013. Her works have been purchased by Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Designmuseum Danmark and Trapholt in Kolding.

In a creative process driven by curiosity and experimentation, Anne Tophøj explores the full range of potential forms and expressions in ceramics. Her work is typically inspired by the desire to explore aspects of usage and function, materials and techniques, form and expression. By taking a ‘loose’ approach to form, she allows random and incomplete elements to influence the process and the end-result. This approach is closely associated with her interest in the aesthetics of production and method and in pushing the boundaries of the potential that a material, a tool or a technique has to offer.

By same artist:
Geoplex Collection (CC_19, 2015)
Geoplex Collection: Turn (CC_19, 2015)
Geoplex Collection: Cut (CC_19, 2015)
Geoplex Collection: Press (CC_19, 2015)
Geoplex Collection: Flung (CC_19, 2015)
Fictile 12.1 (CC_16, 2012)

img c-at-01/Dinnerwarevision 5, plate
Dia: approx. 30 cm
white
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img c-at-02/Dinnerwarevision 5, plate
Dia: approx. 23 cm
cream white
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img c-at-03/Dinnerwarevision 5, bowl
Dia: approx. 23 cm
grey
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img c-at-04/Dinnerwarevision 5, bowl
Dia: approx. 18 cm
white
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img c-at-05/Dinnerwarevision 5, bowl
Dia: approx. 16 cm
grey
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img c-at-06/Dinnerwarevision 5, bowl
Dia: approx. 11 cm
white
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