Bente Skjøttgaard was born in Denmark (1961). The artist's new work takes the shape of trees and mountains. Some are reminiscent of long swaying branches, others of large stones or mountain formations where trees or pipes are sticking out. Are they mountains where trees are clinging themselves to the sparse soil or mountains with pipes in order to blow dynamite or are we simply looking at pots with long necks?
Some works are slapped together from huge lumps of clay which have been thrown from great height and then hollowed. Same natural coincidence is achieved as when the erosion moves the mountain ranges of the earth.
The project takes its starting point in some glazing experiments with some of the most basic ceramic materials: feldspar, kaolin, chalk and quartz. By using these in pure form and sometimes by mixing them, a series of white glazes with great varieties of character and textural effect have appeared: shining, mat, runny, fat and cracking as iced sugar, snow or bark.
There is a focus on every single glaze phenomenon and the pieces are presented as a series of simple statements of raw clay with each their white individual glaze.