{City Files}:: Uh la la ceramic

by Tina on January 26, 2011

in City Files, Copenhagen, Denmark

I have been very patient, but let me assure you that I could not wait to share this week’s shop, Uh la la, with you!  I met artist and owner, Julie when I visited Stilleben a couple weeks ago.  (She works there a few hours a week and displays her signature boxes there.)

Julie was so delightful to talk to and I was elated when she invited us to come visit her studio in the very hip and up-and-coming street of Jaegersborgsgade in Norrebro.  This street is going through some pretty extraordinary changes and  now hosts some really cool shops, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Uh la la is not a huge shop, but the shelves are stocked with Julie’s amazing boxes in a variety of finishes and colors plus some of Julie’s other designs.  She even stocks some of her friends’ ceramic pieces, including some beautiful jewelry.

I wondered how the boxes were made and Julie was so gracious as to give us a peek into the back of her shop.

Stepping into her studio, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see the process of how each box is made.

This visit was satisfying my every curiosity and Julie patiently walked me through the process of how she creates her own clay and allows it to set in the molds.

Here you can see the difference between one finished box in a shiny glaze sitting beside another box awaiting it’s final trip to the kiln.

Honestly, it would have been a thrill alone to see the process of creating a box, but Julie generously shared her personal tale of attending the Danish Design School, her internship in Scotland, and her discovery of these little jewels.   Isn’t she adorable?  With two young children and her third on the way, Julie is learning the fine art of balancing her art while raising a family.  I left smiling from ear to ear… and not just because I am now the proud owner of my own box, but also because Julie’s story really touched me.  I realized while I was talking with her that dreams are attainable for all of us if we are willing to reach out to them.  I look forward to staying in touch with Julie and watching her business grow and grow.  You can expect to see these boxes and perhaps some new designs in many of the finest Danish design magazines and shops.  Perhaps some of you recognize them from your favorite shops?

To purchase your own box you can visit the shop or contact Julie through her website.  She even offers worldwide shipping!

Uh la la: Jaegersborsgade 56th, 2200 Copenhagen N, +45 2674 7408

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sandra lund January 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm

These pieces are great, thanks for sharing!I really must go to Nørrebro on my next trip to Copenhagen, it is a shame that people often only go to the “inner city”, and I’m also guilty of that, but next time I’ll go there and check out the shops 🙂


Juliette R. January 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Tina! You’ve had some great shops, but this is probably my favorite post yet (yes, even topped Tivoli, lol)! I love that you got to talk to the artist and that Julie shared her studio with you! So I know you’re only halfway through (almost) with your shop 52 series, but maybe you should think about doing a studio tour series afterwards…? Seems like there are just gobs of fabulous ‘small’ artists to meet!


Beth@Just{Heart}It January 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Love it! Those boxes are adorable. What a neat story, too. I’m so glad you’re doing these posts, because otherwise I’d never see the inside of these great shops!


Twiggs January 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

helo sweet tina! how are you? this is one amazing studio and one adorable lady! i would love to have my own studio and do things!! wouldn’t it be great?! i wish also to have the courage to ask to take pictures! i have said that already, i know!!!! have a great day dear!! hugs, twiggs


Mia January 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Oh, these boxes are stunning!! I even like how the unfinished one looks… nicely juxtaposed with the smoothness of the finished pieces. Thanks for letting us all have a peek!


Bethany January 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Wow… they are beautiful… Really nice post, and a neat shop, Tina. Did you get tthe light turquoise one?! Love it…


Tina January 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

@Bethany No, I chose a white one, which I hope to show you all soon!


Andreia January 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

The boxes are so lovely! I loved to see the pics of the studio: they are so wam and inpiring!


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