Jane Reumert was born in Denmark in 1942 and is internationally acclaimed as one of Denmark’s most outstanding ceramists. The list of exhibitions and awards is endless, culminating last summer in a retrospective exhibition at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art in Copenhagen, appropriately named ‘Transparency’.
In her 40-year old career as a studio ceramist, Jane Reumert has undergone an evolution from more functional pieces in stoneware to working with porcelain, creating paper-thin bowls and vessels, salt-glazed and fired to 1330 °C. In the 1990’s she experimented with fibreglass in the pure form, which lead to a new chapter in her artistic process, whereby she incorporated her experiences with fibreglass into her work with porcelain clay. By mixing fibreglass into the clay, she was able to work sculpturally and create bigger volumes, yet achieve translucency at the same time.
Her almost eggshell-like vessels seem to defy the laws of gravity. They are often perched on delicate wire tripods so they float over the circle of their own shadow, seemingly held in levitation by the force of their own lightness. The particular strength of her work lies in the harmony between the shape and the decoration, patterns which are varied almost indiscernibly and are often reminiscent of personal experiences, things one has seen before: the bird’s feathers, the wasp’s nest, the larva’s cocoon, the sea-shell. Reumert’s astonishing pots evoke the fragility of human endeavour and the mystery of its inescapable link with the primitive drives of Mother Nature.