Inger Rokkjær

9/09/06 > 7/10/06

  • Inger Rokkjær
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Showing at the same time

Shozo Michikawa (Personal show 2006).

Inger Rokkjær (1934-2008) received her training at the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts, where her teacher was the grand lady of Danish ceramics, Gutte Eriksen. Rokkjær began experimenting with raku firing in 1970. Unlike other ceramists, as for instance Bruun Pedersen, who endeavoured to adopt not only the Japanese techniques but also its forms, Rokkjær remained faithful to her beloved Jutland tradition and created more utilitarian forms. The simple, traditional Jutland earthenware is endowed with the refined Asian raku finish, that for each object is unique. Rokkjær dug and prepared her own redfiring clay until only recently, using engobes containing the same red clay. For some pots white engobes are used for the insides and generally for stoneware. Rokkjær scratches in the simple decoration with her fingers, sometimes using the mishima inlay technique. Nevertheless, Rokkjær's pots are confidently Scandinavian in their economy. They have that particular understatement that we associate with Danish functionalism.

Rokkjær has exhibited in the main ceramic galleries and museums of Europe, the United States and Japan . In 2003, her work was shown in the USA at museums such as MAD, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Racine Art Museum and Crocker Art Museum as part of the temporary exhibition, ”From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics”.