Fictile 12.1 is a breakfast set or collection of breakfast ‘utensils’. The different colours, qualities and treatments reflect her goal of adding a new sensuous dimension to breakfast. So although ‘Fictile’ simply means ‘shaped in clay’, Fictile 12.1 expresses Tophøj’s fascination with and inspiration from the many different materials and techniques. In this case she uses the techniques of pressing, jiggering and casting. The goal, Tophøj explains, is to define a playing field with a few key players – to create an open space with a wide framework that is open to interpretation and further development.
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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.
c-at-07/Fictile 12.1 Cup
Dia: ca. 10 cm
Red clay with black handle and white glazing on the inside, Yellow clay with red handle and white glazing on the inside, White glazed without handle, Black glazed without handle (Every product is unique)
c-at-08/Fictile 12.1 Bowl
Dia: ca. 15 cm
Black clay with white glazing on the inside, Red clay with white glazing on the inside or black glazing on the inside, Yellow clay with white glazing on the inside or black glazing on the inside (Every Product is uniqe)
c-at-09/Fictile 12.1 Plate
Dia: ca. 20 cm