At first glance, the work of the Danish ceramist Hans Vangsø (born in 1950) shows an immediate Asian influence—both in its form and in its glaze. However, take a closer look, and one immediately senses the strong and deep underlying personal feel of the North.
A former student of and assistant to the world-renowned Danish ceramist Gutte Eriksen (1918-2008), he represents an understated—but at the same time—rich and balanced tradition of color and tone, inspired by Nordic nature and the natural minimalism of Danish culture.
The objects, in the shapes of jars, vessels, and bowls of all sizes, give equal importance to form and to glaze. The form is quite simple through a disciplined ‘schooling’ with his handling of the clay (a mixture of red clay from Denmark and German stoneware clay). He achieves his extraordinarily expressive glaze through high temperature wood kiln firing (1250-1300 ºC) resulting in an eruptive, lava-like spontaneity.
Hans Vangsø studied at the Art academy of Jutland (Denmark) from 1972 to 1976 and has had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Europe and the United States since 1990.