ANNE FLŲCHE AND HANS VANGSŲ
November 19 - December 4
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I work with a clay, basically mixed of ball-clays, perlite and plastic ﬁbers. This is a very strong and ﬂexible clay that allows me to work freely, building 3 dimensional forms as well as laying out quite big slabs, with no drying or ﬁring problems. My tools are many many different brushes, sticks for incising simple sketches, knives for deeper traces, ﬁngers, all kinds of things, each suiting the purpose I work with. My colours derives from the principle of terra sigillata. I very much like the dryness of the engobes and the clay, desert-like, close to the chalk, the whitewashed walls. different stonewares, ball clays, porcelains, local clays, the earth colours, burnt sienna, ochre, burnt umber is my base, under every other color. I mix a never-ending row of test-colours from all kinds of clays, oxides and stains, brush them onto the bone- dry surface and ﬁre to 1100 degrees in my electric kiln. I can go no higher in temperature, as I wish to maintain the subtlety and richness of my scale of colours. It is a very simple way of working and it rarely causes any problems technically; it is a language I can use freely, it allows me to concentrate on what I wish to say.
Edited: October 18 2016 Hans Vangsų works within a Scandinavian tradition of bold simplicity. The very much alive surfaces of his pieces are obtained in firing methods developed over years and years, as each piece is fired several times in a gas kiln with salt, seaweed, and metals. The combination of great simplicity in form and rich texture in glazes, and above all, the total melting of glaze and body render his work unique.
Lacoste Gallery is pleased to present NORDIC LIGHT: Anne Fløche and Hans Vangsø, partners in life who work independently interpreting contemporary ceramics in Aarhus, Denmark.