W. BRITTA HANSESGAARD
My name is Britta Hansesgaard and I work with wheel-thrown functional
objects, mainly in the range “Clay Matters”.
I design through making and an investigative approach to the materials
and the function of the products.
I have been producing ceramics for over 10 years, and hold a Bachelor of
Arts (Hons) Ceramic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art
and Design in London, England.
I live with my family in Malling south of Aarhus, where I also have my
workshop. My products are sold from the workshop and in selected
Danish stores. Specially designed tableware is used for serving at
Frederikshøj Kro, Restaurant Møf and at Monk coffee bar
Q. Please share your source of inspiration with us
A. When I work inspiration is sort of a funny, circular movement. I
constantly have a few tests knocking about the studio. Inspiration is also
what surrounds me; people I meet, architecture - materials, colour
combinations, and everyday rituals.
Maybe a test will turn into a big brilliant piece. Maybe it will just form a
starting point for the next project.
Q. Could you share parts of your design process.
A. It is not a starting from scratch - it’s more always running with the
materials and testing whether it has potential or not. A little clay or glaze
sample may live with me in the studio for a year or just be in my
With each new project, I learn and gain an even better understanding of
the materials qualities and pitfalls, always leading me into new areas of
research and interest. If I am working with drinking vessels, I will
investigate how we drink, how is the handle positioned, how do I ensure
the correct distribution of weight when the cup is filled with coffee
-always working with both aesthetics and functionality. How does the
glaze feel towards the touch, what colour compliments the form and
works well for the intended function of the piece.
Q. Would you characterize your objects as classic danish design /
A. Even through I am deeply rooted in the Danish design tradition, and
find great inspiration in the proportions, materials and form solutions of
the classics, it also fascinates me to delve into other cultures and their use
of clay in arts and crafts.
Japanese culture in particular offers a veritable treasure trove of ceramic
experiences. Here I can easily immerse myself for hours and gather
A simple design language, timeless materials and balanced lines are key
words in both the Nordic and Japanese styles, which, despite
geographical distances, have served as mutual sources of inspiration since
the 20th century