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Strokes

Strokes are a series with seven wheel-thrown vases in different sizes. After firing, the glazed vases are decorated with hand-painted brush strokes in a black overglaze. The visual expression of Strokes is dominated by the contrast between the rough ink-like lines and the delicate white porcelain and thus offers a loving comment on the potential of porcelain. Strokes reflects Agnes Fries’ goal of letting the craft, the materials and the graphic expression tell their own individual stories. Part of the story is that the vases are produced by skilled Chinese craftspeople in Jingdezhen in China – which is also where the porcelain is sourced, and a place where Agnes Fries often works and finds inspiration.

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Agnes Fries

b. 1979, Swedish Ceramic Designer

Agnes Fries graduated from The Danish Design School, the Line of Glass and Ceramics in 2005. Fries works mainly in porcelain, which she approaches with a graphic perception. Her work begins with a visual or conceptual idea which she addresses on the technical terms inherent in ceramics. Gradually, she realizes her ideas by means of paper drafts and outlines of shapes, which she cuts in paper in two or three dimensions. Thus, in an almost symphonic approach Agnes Fries composes each product separately and as a visual whole. The result is products that speak in a clear and inspiring visual language, for example with inspiration from traditional Chinese aesthetics and craft traditions.

Agnes Fries participated in the Biennale for Crafts and Design in 2009, the street exhibition Copenhagen Clayspace in 2010 and Designer’s Week Taipei in Taiwan in 2011. She received a grant from Längmanska Kulturfonden in 2010, from Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse in 2011 and from the Danish Arts Foundation, also in 2011. In 2008, Fries created the product series ‘Bottino’ for the design company Kähler.

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img c-af-07/Strokes, vase, XXS
Dia: 5 cm, H: 6 cm
White, black overglaze
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img c-af-06/Strokes, vase, XS
Dia: 6,6 cm, H: 9 cm
White, black glaze
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img c-af-05/Strokes, vase, S
Dia: 12 cm, H: 7,6
White, black glaze
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img c-af-04/Strokes, vase, M
Dia: 18 cm, H: 16,6
White, black glaze
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img c-af-03/Strokes, vase, L
Dia: 11 cm, H: 20,6
White, black glaze
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img c-af-02/Strokes, vase, XL
Dia: 15 cm, H: 26 cm
White, black glaze
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img c-af-01/Strokes, vase, XXL
Dia: 13 cm, H: 32 cm
White, black glaze
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