True Feelings

True Feelings is a hand-pinched porcelain set. Each individual object is pinched crudely, so that the finger prints in the clay stand out clearly and thus turn into decoration. True Feelings springs from an experimental project where Claydies made utilitarian objects within a framework of dogma rules, including a rule requiring them to work blindfolded. The result of this experiment was later elaborated and refined and turned into True Feelings, “where the true finger feelings are evident in the clay”.

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Claydies. Est. 2000

Karen Kjældgård-Larsen b. 1974, Danish ceramist and Tine Broksø b. 1971, Danish ceramist

Karen Kjældgård-Larsen and Tine Broksø are both graduates of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design from 2000. They have worked together under the name Claydies since their graduation and once described themselves as ‘one ceramist with two heads and four arms’. Claydies has exhibited in a number of settings, including a presentation of Claydies Room at Trapholt in 2011 and the exhibition Claydies and Gentlemen at Galleri Nørby in 2003. In 2013, together with Ole Jensen, they presented the exhibition The Opening as part of Copenhagen Ceramics.

Claydies have received grants from the Danish Arts Foundation and Esther og Jep Finks Mindefond for Arkitektur og Kunsthåndværk and have received support for projects and exhibitions from Danish Crafts (now Danish Agency for Culture) on several occasions. In 2012 they received Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs ceramics award. Their works are represented in the permanent collections of Designmuseum Danmark (Grass and Hair-Style Bowl), ASU Art Museum in Arizona (True feelings) and Trapholt (Dogme07). Karen Kjældgård-Larsen designed Royal Copenhagen’s Blue Fluted Mega, which has been purchased by Designmuseum Danmark.

As a main characteristic, Claydies’ work is always framed by an overall concept or idea that the two ceramists wish to explore, sometimes in a process spanning multiple works. The outcome includes one-offs created from an artistic perspective as well as more commercial utilitarian objects. The latter often emerge as spin-offs from the duo’s more conceptual work, inspired by their hands-on work in the studio.

By same artist:
Wine glass (CC_18, 2014)
Moustache (CC_17, 2013)
Grass vase (CC_MoMA, 2006)
Grass Vase (CC_10, 2006)
Grass Vases (CC_09, 2005)

img c-clay-04/True Feelings, fruit dish
H: 3 cm, W: 20 cm, L: 25 cm
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img c-clay-05/True Feelings, chocolate dish
H: 2 cm, W: 15 cm, L: 18 cm
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img c-clay-06/True Feelings, jug
H: 16 cm, W: 10 cm, L: 11 cm, V: 0,5 L
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