At first glance, the work of the Danish ceramist Hans Vangsø (born 1950) shows an immediate Asian influence – both in the form and in the glaze. But take a closer look, and one really senses a strong underlying personal Northern feeling.
As a former student of the famous Danish ceramist Gutte Eriksen (born 1918), he represents an understated but at the same time rich and balanced tradition of colour and tone, inspiration from Nordic nature and the minimalism of Danish culture.
The objects, in the shapes of jars, vessels and bowls of all sizes, give equal importance to form and to glaze. The form being quite simple through a disciplined ‘schooling’ with his handling of the clay (a mixture of red clay from Denmark and German stoneware clay), and the glaze being more expressive through a high firing in the kiln (1250 -1300 centigrade) resulting in an eruptive, lava-like spontaneity.
Hans Vangsø studied at the Art academy of Jutland (Denmark) 1972 – 76 and has had solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Europe since 1990. He also participated in group shows both in Europe and the States, the latest being the big Danish exhibition ‘From the Kilns of Denmark’ which toured in the States and Europe (2002 -2004).
Vangsø’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Danish Museum of Decorative Arts (Copenhagen) and the Ny Carlsberg Foundation (Copenhagen).