Slow Ceramics from Tortus Copenhagen
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Hidden off a quiet courtyard in the heart of Copenhagen's bustling shopping district, you'll find the calm oasis of Tortus Copenhagen . Here, housed in a 19th-century truss-style building, master potters Eric Landon and Karin Blach Nielsen follow a century-old tradition of Danish ceramics, creating timeless vessels the old-fashioned way, methodically, at their own humble pace. Above: Dramatically proportioned, yet with a clean silhouette, Tortus's bowls await the glazing process. Above: Much like their ceramics, Eric and Karin's studio represents a marriage of rich tradition and modern design. Above: Master potter and designer Eric Landon sits in the studio's doorway, which opens onto the sunlit courtyard. A graduate of the Danish School of Design, he's been working with ceramics since he was 16 and has received a number of awards for his work. Above: For Landon, Tortus is as much about the process, "the love of making and a passion for the materials," as it is about the end result. Above: Landon surveys unglazed pots in the truss-style studio. Above: Karin Blach Nielsen, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, is Tortus's "architect of color and surface"—in other words, she's the glaze master. Above: Tortus's finished vessels represent "a seamless dialogue between design and process." Above: The ceramics are for sale in a minimal showroom at one end of the studio. You can also purchase Tortus's piece at their online shop, Selected by Tortus . Above: A detail of one of Karin's richly layered glazes. Above: A serene and stately pot from Tortus's fluted collection, a prime example of the studio's mix of traditional craft and modern form. Above: Unfinished pieces await Karin's glaze consideration. Witness Tortus's creative process in action in a video shot from a very unexpected perspective. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 13, 2013 as part of our Nautical Notes issue. Take a tour of another inspired ceramics studio with Heath's Adam Silverman . Also have a look at A French Potter at the Wheel in New York .