Thursday, 22 October 2009

Baroque and Quirky

Shame on me – what a bad blogger I am! I can´t believe it, but it´s three months since I last updated my blog!! Sorry to all of my followers, but it´s not only laziness but more a combination of incredibly much work and serious illness in our family, but luckily it looks as if things are going the right way now.

While my summershop was open a Norwegian girl, who turned out to be the owner of a beautiful shop just outside Oslo, came around and was really enthusiastic about my stuff, and – she placed a really big order due to deliver in October! So now you can figure out what kept me so busy!

But my true agenda for today is a different one. It was my birthday in September and, well, I´ve reached an age where it´s not unconditionally fun any more to have birthday, because it actually proves you are getting OLDER. But, the good thing still is – you get PRESENTS!! And I love presents!

My lovely parents had asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and without hesitating I had answered that I wanted some of the gorgeous pieces of the Danish ceramist Marco Friis. He is one of my favourite ceramists and his work is just amazing. Baroque, opulent, quirky and subtle – all at the same time.

Marco Friis really knows how to combine styles from Romantic to Baroque with clean, modern lines and in 2006 he was awarded the Danish Craft Prize by her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. Often people tend to think that these beautiful pieces have been created by a woman, but there definitely is nothing effeminate about Marco Friis – when you enter his stylish little combined studio and shop in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Århus, you are greeted by a tall, blond and handsome guy who likes to chat and makes you feel welcome.

These are two of the pieces I have chosen for my birthday present, and I LOVE them! The pictures don´t really do them justice as it was a grey day not suitable for photographing, but I simply had to update my blog today. I have to admit that I haven´t used the cup for my daily cup of tea yet – although Marco emphasized that his ceramics are made for daily use and can be put in the dishwasher – but then this is easy for him to say!!! If he breaks a cup he can just make himself a new one, whilst I have to wait for my next birthday, lol.

For further information visit his website and take a closer look at his opulent cups and quirky bambi- and rabbitbowls in his showroom! And should you ever come to Århus make sure to visit his cosy and stylish shop in the Latin Quarter, Badstuegade 16.

Last not least: to make up for my long blog absence I have decided to have a free blog give-away all four Sundays before Christmas – the give-away presents include a ring, a pair of earrings and two brooches, all of them handcrafted by me, of course! More about this next time!