Mini interview with Marianne Nielsen
Which creative opportunities do you see in the ceramic material?
You can design almost everything out of the ceramic material – images, objects – with or without function. As a ceramic artist, you are automatically part of a ceramic history and a ceramic tradition that lies within material, whether you like it or not. Although ceramics is a noble material, ceramic designs can be ugly, but they can also be extremely beautiful.
Where do you find inspiration for your artistic expression?
I am inspired by the cultivated nature – how you can simplify nature’s objects and turn them into cultural objects. I love working with the distinctive ways of turning nature into objects. My designs Primavera and Avvento originate from the tree symbol.
Aside from this Kähler collaboration, what other projects are you working on right now?
I work with unique ceramic designs, most often with no functionality. At the moment, my theme is plants and flowers. This summer, I will be exhibiting at a gallery in Paris. The main idea of the exhibition is to show ceramics considered as contemporary art.
Which feelings would you like your Kähler products to engender?
Recognition and surprise. I find it important that people can relate to the products. They must be original and innovative at the same time – meaning they must match the interior decor and also add a new element to it. Also, I hope that my products symbolize aesthetics and function in a way that brings joy and pleasure.
Which benefits have you experienced from your collaboration with Kähler?
Modern industrial processes make it possible to produce in bulk. With my Kähler designs I have reached a broader audience than I would be able to with my own workshop designs.
Who is your favourite amongst all the other Kähler designers?
Louise Hindsgavl, because she is genuine and has great imagination.