Turi Heisselberg Pedersen

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Turi Heisselberg Pedersen was born in Denmark in 1965. She was educated at the prestigious Design School Kolding, Denmark and lives and works in Copenhagen. She lectured at the Kolding School of Design from 1994 – 2007 and is the co-founder of the Exhibition Room for New Ceramics in Copenhagen.

“Working in clay is, to me, connected with many underlying cultural bound references, but also strongly connected to nature. The very process of building in clay is a process from nature to culture. We have an inherent understanding of beauty and design evolved in thousands of years of visual impressions from our cultural history, but especially also from nature. In this context, I am aiming to create a visual and emotional reading of the objects, working with shape, rhythm, volume, movement and texture.” – Turi Heisselberg Pederson

Turi Heisselberg Pedersen consistently strives to manifest the vessel as a testament to abstract form and as a standalone sculptural object. In her interplay between culture and nature, Turi’s works are inspired by geological structures and crystal formations, but also by architecture, the edged rendering of a computer drawing or folded paper shapes. Most of her multifaceted shapes seem to have a seed of coincidence or unplanned development.

Heisselberg Pedersen’s sculptures are hand-modeled from stoneware and glazed with slip-glazes, which give the works a stone-like, dry surface with a rich texture. Some of Turi’s designs have expressive surfaces, with relief or fluted structures but most of them are simply just trying to express the inherent character and freshness of the clay.

Pedersen’s work has most recently been featured in renowned art fairs such as the Salon Art + Design, New York, PAD, Paris, and Design Miami, Basel. She is the recipient of several international awards including the Gold medal from Bayerischer Staatspreis in 2016 and the Annie and Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Foundation traveling Grant in 2016.

She is represented in the permanent collections of the Musée National de la Ceramique Sevrè, in Paris, the Musée de la Ceramique, in Vallauris, France, the Designmuseum in Denmark, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Annie and Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Foundation, in Denmark, and the Clay Museum of Ceramic Art in Denmark, among other museums.

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