‘All the individual components in my one-off pieces are hand-thrown. Next, I combine the elements into a finished expression, relying on manual processes and my eye for proportions. Typically, I have a fairly clear concept in mind, but jazzy improvisation is an equal part of my method. My trademark has become a sculptural accumulation of ceramic elements: cup, plate, flower pot, saucer, teapot – familiar everyday ceramics sampled in a deconstructivist approach that transcends our everyday life, pointing back into history as well forward, at new stories.’ (Michael Geertsen)
Michael Geertsen (b. 1966) trained as a potter in Stensved, Denmark in 1988 and graduated from the department of Industrial Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 1993. He has since then exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions. Geertsen’s works are represented in major museum collections, including at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA; The V&A, London; Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, USA; and Incheon Ceramic Museum, South Korea. In 2012 he created a permanent installation at The V&A in London and in 2009 he created a 60m2 mural in Centrum of Hanoi, Vietnam. Awards include the Annie & Otto Joh. Detlefs Ceramic Prize, Denmark; Silver, World Ceramic Biennale in Korea; and The Danish Arts Foundation three-year grant.