Copenhagen-based handicraft artist Turi Heisselberg Pedersen graduated from Kolding School of Design, Denmark. Later on, she was lecturing there since 1994 to 2007, while working on her sculptural work, admired worldwide, both in museums and private collections.
In her practice, Turi considers the vessel as autonomous sculptural object. Working with clay, the classic natural timber, she underlines transition process from nature to culture. This very means is for the artist a starting point for further work. “We have an inherent understanding of beauty and shape evolved by thousands of years of visual impressions from our cultural history, but especially also from nature. I this space I am aiming to create a visual and emotional reading of the objects, working with shape, rhythm, volume, movement and texture," Turi explains.
Presented below are Turi’s recent works, a fruitful outcome of her fascination by seemingly contradictory with each other inspiration, geological structures and rendering of a computer drawing. While combined with each other, they create full of tension, expressive, yet smooth objects. “The pieces are hand-modeled stoneware and they are glazed with sinterengobe, which gives the works a stone-like, dry surface with a rich texture. Some of my works have expressive surfaces, with relief or fluted structures but most of them are simply just trying to express the inherent character and textual freshness of the clay," the artist concludes.