Bente Hansen has long been one of the leading lights of Danish ceramics as an artist, designer, and teacher. Her work graces the major collections both public and private worldwide. This show will highlight her recent energetic colorful decoration on vessel forms. The application of layers of colored transfers, gold, and silver nuance the ceramic glazes as they are transmorgrified by the firing, melting, and mixing. Some may see a thoughtfully reflective working process related to the geometric language of a kaleidoscope of Bauhaus forms, Avant-garde, architecture, collage and even Japanese textile. Others will discover much, much more as each layer adds a new paragraph, a new chapter to her tale. Hansen once again stretches our imagination to new heights. But above all else, viewers will discover the genius of her own expressive world.
As the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded ceramic departments, Hansen has inspired generations of contemporary artists and designers, both with her work and personal encouragement. Including, I should note, a certain well-known gallery owner in Brussels familiar to us all.