Anna Olivia Kristiansen
b. 1978, Danish ceramic designer
Anna Olivia Kristiansen graduated as a ceramist from the Glass and Ceramic School on Bornholm in 2003 and from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2006. She has held several exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, including the Biennale of Crafts and Design in Kolding (2009) and the Object Factory II at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2009). In 2007, she was awarded the EKWC Grant for Young Participants.
In 2011, Anna Olivia designed anniversary cups for The Danish Society for the Conservation of Nature to mark the association’s 100th anniversary. When creating her works, Anna Olivia Kristiansen aims to develop functional objects for everyday use that have an additional agenda. She draws inspiration from the society that she is a part of – phenomena that she finds intriguing or concerning. She tries to find ways to present otherwise dull facts and figures in new and surprising ways. Often, her ceramic works are imbued with powerful statements that comment on our times. Thus, the porcelain invites debate and afterthought, but it can also simply be enjoyed for its purely decorative properties. It is exactly this juxtaposition of enlightenment and graphic aesthetics that let her create informative products that do not become didactic or patronising.
Head and Tail
Each cup has a print that represents the front or rear end of an animal. Stacked in pairs, the cups form a whole animal. The prints represent horses, pigs, cows and sheep, and so, the starting point is common, familiar Danish animals. Whether to make new mutations or species is up to the owner. Thus, surprising new species may be lurking in the kitchen cupboard. The cups are held in cheerful and decorative colours to underline the playful aspect of the series. The cups are cast in porcelain and decorated with decals.
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