Morten Løbner Espersen is fascinated with the expressive qualities of clay and glazes, and explores the simplicity of form through variations on archetypal shapes. He is constantly exploring new aesthetic possibilities. Whether he is working with a simple or a complex form they will always have a complexly multi layered glazed surface. Morten Løbner Espersen always strives for superb skins. He is known and respected for his exciting and experimental approach that can be inspired by classic, Chinese or common industrial ones. Another characteristic of his work is his use of the cylindrical form, which to him represents a sense of inner calm and stability. He explores the many possibilities of form and colour that the material holds, making use of different firing techniques and temperatures.


Personal

1965        
Born in Aalborg. Lives and works in Copenhagen, DENMARK

 

Awards and Grants

The Danish Nationalbank?s Jubillee Grants 1992, 94, 95, 97, 98, 2004, -08, -11
The Crafts prize of 1879, silver 1993
Art prize of the year, Simon Spies Foundation 1994
The Design Foundation 1996, 97, 98
Grant from the Danish Art Foundation 1994, 95, 97, 98, 2005, -09, -10, -11
Ole Haslunds Art Foundation 1998
Design book price 1999
Three Year Work Stipend, the Danish Art Foundation 2000
Toyota Foundation, 2005
Danish Crafts 2011
Augustinus Fonden 2011
LF Foghts Fond 2011

 

Education

1989-90    
École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués, Duperré, Diploma, Paris, FRANCE

1987-92    
Danish School of Design, Copenhagen, DENMARK

1992-         
Studio in Copenhagen, DENMARK

1995        
Artist in Residence, the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, JAPAN

1998/99/01    
Works at Yoshimi Futamura Studio, Paris, FRANCE

1999-2005    
Teaching at Designskolen Kolding

2000/03    
Works at Michel Muraour Studio, Fox Amphoux, FRANCE

2004        
Guest artist, Kinokonomori, Ohi - Cho, JAPAN

2005-2011    
Professor at University of Göteborg, HDK, SWEDEN

2006        
Member of Artists society, Copenhagen, DENMARK

2008        
Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA

2009        
Board member, Nordiska Akvarell Museet, Tjörn, SWEDEN

2014-2017
Member of the Danish State Art Foundation.

2016
Cultural Ambassador, City of Aalborg


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
Jason Jacques, New York, USA

2015
Brutto Gusto, Berlin, GERMANY

2014
Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, BELGIUM

2013        
Copenhagen Ceramics, DENMARK
Hedge Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2012        
Brutto Gusto, Berlin, GERMANY
Trapholt Museum, Kolding
Jason Jaques, New York, USA

2011        
Doktor Glas, Stockholm, SWEDEN

2010        
Galleri Jytte Møller, Fredericia
Kopp, Sintra, Göteborg, SWEDEN

2008        
Kaolin, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Carla Koch Gallery, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

2007        
Lerverk, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Andrew Hollingsworth, Chicago, USA

2006        
Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen, DENMARK

2005        
Kant, Sdr. Ho, Fanø
Carla Koch Gallery, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
« Wild glaze », The porcelain museum, Gustavsberg, SWEDEN

2004        
Clara Scremini Galley, Paris, FRANCE
Kaolin, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Keramik Gallerie Hilde Holstein, Bremen, GERMANY

2001        
Gallery Nørby, Copenhagen, DENMARK

2000        
Galleri Björnen, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris, FRANCE

1999        
Udstillingssted for ny keramik, Copenhagen , DENMARK
Ribe Art Museum

1998        
Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen, DENMARK

1997        
Galleri Björnen, Stockholm, SWEDEN


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Sublime Bastards, Morten Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Sculpture in Pilane, Tjörn, Sweden
Design Miami/Basel, Pierre Marie Giraud, Basel, SWITZERLAND

2015
Design Miami/Basel, Pierre Marie Giraud, Basel, SWITZERLAND
Design Miami, Pierre Marie Giraud, Miami, USA

2014
"Teabowl", The Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford, UK
Design Basel/Basel, Pierre Marie Giraud, Basel, SWITZERLAND
Design Miami, Pierre Marie Giraud, Miami, USA

2013        
A vase is a vase is a vase, Brutto Gusto, Berlin, GERMANY
Design Miami/Basel, Pierre Marie Giraud, Basel, SWITZERLAND
Design Miami, Pierre Marie Giraud, Miami, USA

2012        
SMART, Process Design Objects, Helsinki, FINLAND

2011        
« Tradition transformed », Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA
Ampersand House, Brussels, BELGIUM

2010        
« Contemporary Crafts », Brutto Gusto, Berlin, GERMANY
« Exempla », Gallerie Handtwerk, München, GERMANY
« Kopp », Kaolin, Stockholm, SWEDEN
IAC, Members exhibition, Musée de Sevres, Paris, FRANCE

2009        
SOFA, New York, Lucy Lacoste Gallery, USA
« Adventures of the fire », WOCEF, Icheon, SOUTH KOREA
Collect, Køppe Gallery, Saatchi Galleries, London, UK

2008                
New Danish Ceramics, Röhsska, Gothenburg, SWEDEN. Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Hamburg, GERMANY
« 40 years », Gallerie Handwerk. Munic, GERMANY
« Tulessa Syntynyt », Fiskars, FINLAND
New Danish Ceramic, Lucy Lacoste Gallery+SOFA Chicago, USA
XX th International Biennal of Contemporary Ceramics, Vallauris, FRANCE
« Blue », The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

2007        
Works, Rörstrand Museum, Lidköping, SWEDEN. Konstbanken, Hamar, NORWAY
Collect, Galleri Nørby, V&A London, UK
Modern Masters, München, GERMANY
Craft Biennale, Kolding
Yellow, a celebration, Scottish Gallery, Edingburgh, SCOTLAND
Triennale de la Ceramique et du Verre, Mons, BELGIUM

2006        
Email Parures du grand Feu, Giroussens and other venues, FRANCE
SOFA, Chicago, Galleri Nørby

2005        
Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
« Lights in the Dark », Designer Zoo, Copenhagen, DENMARK
SOFA, Chicago, Galleri Nørby
« One piece - One artist », Gallerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, GERMANY

2004        
Biennalen 2004, Trapholt, Kolding
Coup de Bols, Gallerie Traces, BELGIUM
Blue and White Christmas, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2003        
Wallceramics, Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen, DENMARK
New Danish Ceramics, Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, DENMARK

2002-04    
From the Kilns of Denmark, Contemporary Danish Ceramics. New York, Fitchburg, San Diego Sacramento, USA. Paris, FRANCE and Berlin, GERMANY.

2001        
Danish Ceramics, Sigtuna Museum, SWEDEN
Les Jarres, Åtvidaberg, SWEDEN

2000        
Borreby Galleri, Skælskør
Les Jarres Galleri Granberger, Förslev, SWEDEN    
Danish Wave, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Nanking, Kina, CHINA. Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, JAPAN Taipeh, TAIWAN. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA.

1999        
Ceramics from Denmark, Münich, GERMANY
Keramik-Galerie Bürkner im Keramion, Frechen, GERMANY and  Grimmerhus Keramik Museum, Middelfart.

1998         
Junta at the Town Hall, Albertslund Town Hall
Yoshimi Futamura and Morten Løbner Espersen, Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Nordic Ceramic Triennale, Stockholm, Göteborg, Arvika and Höganäs, SWEDEN

1997        
To Art Space, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
Junta with Guests, Andersen's Watertower, Frederiksberg
Danish Ceramics 1947-97, Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Danish Ceramics, The Vejstrup Collection, Roskilde
Danish Ceramics 1850-1997, Sophienholm
The Biennale for Crafts and Design, Nordjyllands Art Museum

1996        
Unika, Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, DENMARK
The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, JAPAN

1995        
Gallerie Vromans, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Junta at Bastionen, Frederiks Bastion, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Biennale for Crafts and Design, Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, DENMARK

1994        
Nordic Profiles, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Göteborg, Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Helsinki
Rooms and Rituals of Everyday Life, Den Frie, Copenhagen, DENMARK
XIV Biennale Internationale de Céramique d'Art, Vallauris, FRANCE
The First Danish Ceramic Triennial, Trapholtmuseum, Kolding    

1993        
Ceramic Undergrowth, Copenhagen and Århus
Charlottenborg, spring and autumn shows, Copenhagen, DENMARK   


Public Collections

Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA 2012

Röhska Museet, Göteborg, SWEDEN 2010

Musee Magnelli, Vallauris, FRANCE 2009

MAD, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA, 2008

The Swedish State Art Foundation, 2007

Beumans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS, 2005

The Danish State Art Foundation 1992, 98 and 99

Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen 1994 and 98

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, SWEDEN 1995 and 2004

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, JAPAN 1995

Grimmerhus Ceramic Museum, Middelfart 1996

Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality 1997

Vejen Art Museum 1998, 99

Ny Carlsberg Foundation 1998, 99

 

Public Commissions

Danish Ambassadors Home, Berlin, 1998
The Municipal Library, Hillerod, with the Danish Art Foundation 2003