Geoplex Collection: Turn
The Geoplex Collection consists of three bowls and a flat rectangular dish made of stoneware and porcelain using a variety of techniques. The collection applies a culinary approach to design: Just as a cook combines nuances of flavour, consistencies, shapes, colours etc. to form a balanced menu or dish, Anne Tophøj has created a series of appetizing dishes that complement each other. Each piece brings its own unique ‘flavour’ or personality to the table, influencing the culinary experience. Together, the different dishes provide a sense of nuance and diversity. The personality of the individual pieces in the collection are shaped by their particular production technique and the mood or flavour that it brings. Although the resulting dishes reflect the artist’s choices, the techniques that were applied also reflect the fundamental processes that shape our natural world: pressures, sedimentation, flinging, pulling, dragging...
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b. 1960, Danish ceramist and industrial designer MID
Anne Tophøj graduated as a ceramic designer from the School of Decorative Art (now The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design) in 1989 and holds a master’s degree in industrial design (MID) from Pratt Institute in New York from 1993. In 2004-2007, she received the Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year working grant. She received an artist’s grant from Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond in 2012 and was awarded the Biennale Award in connection with the Biennale for Crafts & Design in 1999. She has exhibited widely, including the exhibition Souvenix at the Danish Museum of Art & Design (now Designmuseum Danmark) in Copenhagen in 2002-2003, Craft in Dialogue 6 at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm in 2005-2006 as well as Danish Crafts Collection in 2011 and 2012 and Mindcraft in Milan in 2012 and 2013. Her works have been purchased by Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Designmuseum Danmark and Trapholt in Kolding.
In a creative process driven by curiosity and experimentation, Anne Tophøj explores the full range of potential forms and expressions in ceramics. Her work is typically inspired by the desire to explore aspects of usage and function, materials and techniques, form and expression. By taking a ‘loose’ approach to form, she allows random and incomplete elements to influence the process and the end-result. This approach is closely associated with her interest in the aesthetics of production and method and in pushing the boundaries of the potential that a material, a tool or a technique has to offer.