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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. Agnes Fries participated in Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2013 and 2014 and was included in the Danish Biennale for Crafts and Design in 2009. She has exhibited and talked about her work at Taiwan Design Week 2012 and Beijing Design Week 2013.

She has received several grants in support of her work, including travel grants from Danish Crafts (now Danish Agency for Culture) in 2013, from the Danish Arts Foundation in 2011 and from the design fund under the Ministry of Culture Denmark in 2007. In 2008, Fries created the product series Bottino for the design company Kähler and in 2012 Normann Copenhagen put her series Agnes Vases into production. In 2013, the Taiwan National Craft Centre invited Agnes Fries to Taiwan as part of the project ‘Modern Craftsmen’. Agnes Fries took part in Danish Crafts Collection in 2012 (CC16).

Agnes Fries works mainly in porcelain, which she approaches with a graphic perception. She creates her products in small series that combine hand-made and industrial techniques. Most of her work takes place in Jingdezhen, China, ‘the porcelain capital’, where she has her workshop. In response to the closure of porcelain factories in northern Europe, Agnes Fries relies on ‘parallel production’, where several individual craftspeople produce her designs. Instead of price gouging, this approach creates stable jobs for more people. By combining traditional techniques in new ways, Agnes Fries achieves an expression that appeals to both Eastern and Western audiences.

She has described her work as a declaration of love for porcelain and is motivated by a desire to explore the field of industrial art. The colours and tactile qualities of the material are essential aspects, and she emphasizes aesthetic and story-telling over purely utilitarian aspects. Agnes Fries likes to play with archetypes, classic shapes and functions, treating these familiar forms as a universal language for telling stories and inspiring reflection.

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EdT (CC_18, 2014)

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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