Copenhagen stays one of many world’s most enjoyable meals locations, the place modern eating places demand tableware as spectacular because the delicacies. So, naturally, the Danish capital is now additionally top-of-the-line locations to buy handmade ceramics.
In step with the guiding tenets of Danish design — functionalism and high-quality craftsmanship — right now’s ceramists are producing items as helpful as they’re engaging, using artistic glazes, uncommon shapes and playful colour combos. Customers right now will discover items suited to each goal and magnificence, whether or not it’s a sculptural assertion vase or an on a regular basis espresso mug to brighten darkish winter mornings.
An incredible first cease for one-of-a-kind items is MK Studio, the ethereal workshop of the ceramist Magdalena Kaluzna-Wlodarek, which doubles as a store stocked with a stunning array of cups and serving dishes. Relying on what Ms. Kaluzna-Wlodarek has lately made within the adjoining studio, you may discover small pitchers splashed in emerald inexperienced hues (350 Danish kroner, about $57), dinner plates with bubbly blue patterns (from 400 kroner), or cheerful cups with wavy swirls of turquoise and orange (260 kroner).
Ms. Kaluzna-Wlodarek received her begin making espresso cups for a barista pal who was competing within the 2016 World Brewers Cup.
The straightforward cup design from that have stays a greatest vendor, to which she now applies varied artistic remedies (180-270 kroner). One small mug, with a swirling mix of honeydew and robin’s-egg-blue porcelain, shiny on the within and matte on the skin, is as pleasing to have a look at as it’s to carry. Ms. Kaluzna-Wlodarek considers all of it purposeful artwork.
“Texture on the skin is essential for me,” she stated. “It’s the entire feeling of ingesting espresso within the morning and having fun with the cup you’re ingesting from.”
MK Studio additionally provides among the metropolis’s high eating places. A couple of years in the past, the chef Kristian Baumann requested Ms. Kaluzna-Wlodarek to make plates for 108, the primary sister restaurant of Noma, René Redzepi’s influential fine-dining institution. (108 has since closed completely due to the pandemic.)
“After that, a variety of different locations requested me about ceramics,” Ms. Kaluzna-Wlodarek stated, rattling off a consumer checklist that included the Michelin-starred Relae, Manfreds and the Espresso Collective. (Relae may even shut for good subsequent month.) When Lisa Lov, a former sous-chef at Relae, opened her personal restaurant, Tigermom, in 2018, she, too, went on to MK Studio.
“The kind of meals that we do right here is kind of rustic in kind,” Ms. Lov stated of her vigorous, Asian-inspired restaurant. “So I knew that the plates needed to look superb.”
One of many many dishes Ms. Kaluzna-Wlodarek custom-designed for Tigermom was a particular family-style rice bowl. Like the whole lot on the desk, “it wanted to be brilliant and daring and colourful,” Ms. Lov stated. Now that placing black-and-orange lidded bowl is a Tigermom signature.
Purchasing for extra elegant items? Head to the studio Keramiker Inge Vincents within the Norrebro district. On this small store, the fragile white vases and bowls are made from porcelain so skinny that they’re almost clear. Usually twisted or crinkled, lots of the ceramist Inge Vincents’s items resemble rumpled paper luggage (350 to 4,200 kroner).
Customers in search of extra colourful design items might discover their very best memento at Wauw Design, the ceramist Sussi Krull’s Osterbro studio and workshop, which is stuffed with brightly hued rectangular vases (from 400 kroner), flower pots (from 250 kroner) and serving bowls (from 230 kroner).
Those that desire a extra subdued aesthetic may wish to attempt Tina Marie, a studio and store in central Copenhagen, the place you’ll discover quite a lot of hand-thrown stoneware in impartial, earthy tones, from teapots and vases to lidded packing containers and huge bowls (most round 900 kroner).
For those who’re in search of a breadth of kinds in a single place, add Yonobi to your checklist. The shop makes a speciality of handmade ceramics from unbiased artists around the globe, however native ceramists are additionally nicely represented. Among the many diversified choices, which vary from 90 kroner to round 3,000 kroner, hunt down quirky sculptures from Anne Lind Sorth and Katrine Bidstrup, hefty serving platters from Karin Blach Nielsen, distinctive vases from Annika Semler and Robynn Storgaard and cute candy-colored ceramic straws from Frida Ceramics.
Given the present journey restrictions in place around the globe, it’s price noting that lots of Copenhagen’s ceramists are promoting on the web as nicely. Actually, the web expertise can’t examine with procuring in a studio, the place you possibly can really feel the feel of a bowl and chat with the artist who made it. However you possibly can nonetheless sit up for the pleasure of inserting recent flowers in a brand new vase, pouring tea from a hand-thrown pot, or sipping espresso from a wonderfully formed cup.