City Files:: Inge Vincents

by Tina on May 20, 2011

in City Files, Copenhagen, Denmark, Inspiration

Fine vintage lace… fresh spring buds… a cool summer breeze… These are just a few things that one might consider to be delicate, but now I know one more that must be added to that list and that is Inge Vincent’s incredibly delicate line of ceramics called “Thinware.”

Attempting to describe her work is a bit like trying to sum up Monet’s work in a few short sentences.  It is just not possible.  So, in spite of my insufficient words, I would love to take you on a little tour of her studio and shop.  We popped into her shop a few weeks ago when the cold wind had returned and the sky threatened rain.  Located on a hip street called Jægersborggade in the eclectic Nørrebro neighborhood, the window display alone is enough to make one go weak at the knees.

Inge herself would tell you that she straddles the fence between creating functional and fine art.  Each piece is carefully made by hand with the finest materials to create the most delicate and thin wares that one might imagine.

The bends and twists of her work makes one want to stand and marvel at it’s uncomplicated complexity.  Trained by respected ceramicists, Inge’s education has not been like many of the other ceramicists you will find in Copenhagen.  Without a degree from the world renowned Danish Design School, Inge has always felt the push to create something so extraordinary that no one would dare ask for more than her work as her credentials.

It’s this kind of “street smart” education that many of us “wanna-be’s” can really learn from… Who says you need an advanced degree to be an artist?  Not Inge!  It has not come easy, though, and with a lot of hard work and persistence it shows that one truly can live her dreams.  Of course there is nothing wrong with having an arts degree, but perhaps Inge’s story can help encourage us that there is more than one road to our dreams!

This is what I love so much about our Shop 52 project.  I get to share all these beautiful treasures and the amazing people behind them!  Wouldn’t you love to walk away from Inge’s studio with a little shopping bag in your hand?  I love that each little shopping bag represents someone else’s dream being realized.  What a wonderful thing to support!

Thankfully, Inge was so kind to allow us a little peek at one of the projects she has been working on for an upcoming exhibition.  Each of these cups was being molded by hand and it was quite extraordinary to see!

I was do delighted to realize that Inge’s work fit perfectly into this week’s “white on white” color project.  I hope you have enjoyed this week of inspiration!  Next week I have so many, many things to share with you with a bit more color, but hopefully no less inspiring!  Be sure to stop by Inge Vincent’s website to learn more about her lovely work!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Inge Vincents: Jægersborggade 27, 2200 København N, +45 40 70 17 50

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