Morten Løbner Espersen
TERRA TÉNEBRÈS - THE LAND OF SHADOWS
The ceramist Morten Løbner Espersen displays three different types of ceramics in the exhibition “Terra Ténebrès”. The types are called ”Moon Jars”, ”Vacui” and ”Glaze Pearls”.
His pieces are formed in classic ceramic forms: globular vases and tightly formed cylinders, well-known forms in the ceramic world. The pieces are the result of a search for a broader palette of colours, new combinations of glazes, textures that have been overlooked or abandoned.
His exploration has led to new processes and new ways to leave the glazes dominate the clay.
The result is a complex and rich painting of glazes with unique colours and a great spectrum of nuances. When the glazes melt, gravity forces them to run down the surface either too little or just enough to enchant him. The ones he is not satisfied with, will be put in the oven again.
“Moon Jars” stole its name from the similar of form, Korean jars, which are often seen in white or bright green. Morten Løbner Espersen's ”Moon Jars” only have little in common with the original Korean pieces, however he also strives for an intense and contemplative presence in their forms and glazes.
”Vacui” is a series of cylinders jars - a form that Morten Løbner Espersen has been challenging for over 20 years - always wanting to challenge the pure geometrical shape with the complexity of the glaze in the matter of colours and tactile.
“Glaze Pearls” is a new series of globular vases, which are spontaineously glazed, almost in blind, with the principle of eight glazes in the first burning and eight more in second burning. The best/wildest/most harmonious combinations of color are chosen. The size of them, made in micro format, creates a great opposition to the bigger pieces.
See the exhibition until August 10th 2019