About Niels Refsgaard

In 1957 when I graduated from Kunsthaandværkerskolen i København (the School for Arts and Crafts), it was my Calzoncillos Calvin Klein España plan to live my life as a studio potter. Sure enough I shortly after found myself cleaning truckloads of old firebricks from a demolished porcelain kiln. In a frame of tracks from dumping wagons, I constructed a big kiln with an almost forty feet tall chimney. You really have to be young, strong and courageous to tackle a project like this. Originally the kiln was wood fired, later a big oil burner made my life easier. I had to make everything myself. Saggars for instance. The stoneware body was made in wine barrels, which gave my clay a special smell, and glazes were not yet commercially available. My bible was Bernard Leach´s “A Potters Book”. Already in 1956 I visited his pottery in St.Ives where my good friend Anne Kjærsgaard worked a couple of years.

My life was now what I had pictured to myself, but you never know.

Most of my designs start on the wheel in my workshop in Denmark, and since technical drawings and computer drawings make me insecure, I have often cooperated directly with the factories. In weeks, months and even years I have lived next door to the production. I have worked in Japan several times, more than 1½ year all together. In the Philippines I lived with my family from 1981 to 1986.

Still today I have a good contact with many producers and friends, the computer has made life so much easier. With DANSK DESIGNS, also called DANSK, I have cooperated in nearly fifty years uninterrupted, and we still have new products under development.

 

Hanne og jeg og vores børn har ofte boet tæt ved de steder hvor mine design Fremstilles, somme tider i lange perioder, flere år o Japan, 6 år på Filippinerne f.eks., men et værksted og tegnestue i Danmark har altid været min nødvendige base.

Nu har jeg besluttet mig til at koncentrere mig om værkstedsproduktionen i Danmark, For endelig at gøre det som var min ungdoms drøm og håb.

Efter alle disse år med disciplineret industriproduktion og millimeterpapir, er det en Cheap Shoes for Women sand lykke at glemme alt om perfektion og regelrethed. Og i stedet lade materialerne spille den afgørende rolle. Frihåndsdrejede skåle , kopper og alle mulige brugsting får lov at være vinde og skæve, hvis det falder naturligt og ser smukt ud, og til glasurer, ler og dekorationsfarver bruger jeg ofte lokale materialer som har deres eget væsen og vilje. Alt bliver brændt til 1300 grader med røg og flammer så øjenbrynene er i fare.

De sidste par år har vi også fremstillet smykker, benporcelæn belagt med guld eller platin, øreringe, halskæder osv.. Til min overraskelse finder jeg også den del af produktionen meget spændende. Brugsting er som altid min store interesse Tepotter, skåle og kopper, større lidt mere dekorative ting, alt højtbrændt stentøj.

Vi har en lille butik som er åben efter aftale, eller når jeg er på værkstedet Hvad jeg meget ofte er