Often called a kaleidoscope of Bauhaus forms or a throw back to Malevitz and the Russian Avant-Garde the handcrafted jars of Bente Hansen are a thoughtful reflection on geometry and colour. Her seemingly simple vessels are decorated with transfers. These are applied in many layers and then fired numerous times. Each time the colours transform in unpredictable ways, adding a new layer and new integrity to her work. By using the transfers Hansen is in fact ‘painting on clay’ much like her partner in this show Marshall-Brown. Hansen discovered her way of using transfers in the late 1960s, then moved on to making more organic amorphous
forms which did not call for any kind of decoration. Until some time ago by accident in Holland, she once again touched a sheet of coloured transfers. Even though shapes of Hansen’s jars are simple, the application of layers of colour, including gold and silver create a perfect balance between form and expression. Her signature technique of transferring colour to stoneware has propelled her to fame for her so called kaleidoscopic ‘tv test screen’ pots.
Bente Hansen is a member of the Danish associations 'Corner' and 'Keramiske Veje', and the IAC- International Academy of Ceramics and exhibits globally and has received numerous Danish and international Awards. This is her seventh show at Puls Contemporary Ceramics.