5 Questions with Inge Vincents

The notion of design is occasionally driven by a deeper curiosity for the elements. A main source of inspiration for Inge is light. Working with the highest quality of creamy white porcelain, her work underlines the powerful combination of organic contours and high translucency.

I recently sat down with Inge in her boutique/ studio space at Jægersborggade 27 to find out more about her.


Why ceramics?
I’ve always been creative, sewing costumes for myself as a kid. At that time it wasn’t about craftsmanship, just taking a piece of material and making it work. I began playing with clay about thirty-two years ago. Before I ever sold anything, I never thought I would make a living out of it – I just enjoyed creating. Also, my grandfather was a competent sculptor so maybe it’s in the genes.

You mentioned being creative, is there a distinction between what you do and art?
These two things are completely different. It’s really good when you can bring them together. There are many artists who are not very creative, they have big problems getting their work out there. Being creative is about transforming your ideas into something that others can relate to, not just for commercial success but also being appreciated. Creativity is about solving a lot of problems. Every single piece I do has its own timing, it’s difficult to find the “right” time so you really have to enjoy this iterative process of experimenting while making.

What is the expression of your work?
My work is organic, tactile, [plays with] light, structure and shape. It’s the idea of “being its own”, I’d hate for a piece to look like something else. Sometimes I do wonder why this as a profession. When people see my work that came out of long experimentation, they may not know what it is but they see my thought behind the piece then it all clicks.

Is there a favorite tool?
My hands.

What’s it like being based out of Copenhagen?
[Living in Copenhagen] is a really cool way of living. A small capital yet a very livable city and family-friendly. As opposed to larger capitals, you can bike everywhere, you can go swimming in the ocean, the people are environmentally conscious, there’s just fantastic quality of life here.

For our international readers, Inge delivers worldwide in very sturdy packaging. Please visit www.vincents.dk for more details.

My Creative Soundtrack – Inge Vincents

As a new initiative on the CPHmade blog, we’re now ready to serve you with some sweet tunes to start off your weekend.
In our newest feature, My Creative Soundtrack, we’ve kindly asked our members to give us examples on music they listen to during their creative process.

To start the whole thing off, we’ve asked the contemporary ceramist Inge Vincents to do a small playlist of 10 songs she would typically listen to in her workshop.
While crafting the most delicate and unique forms of ceramics, Ms. Vincents’ would typically listen to this playlist.

Eric Whitacre – Alleluia
Fade into you – Mazzy Star
Unseen – Sebastian Lind
Little Dark Heart- Cowboy Junkies
Empty – Ray Lamontagne
Bombino – Tar Hani
Buried Treasure – Grant Lee Phillips
Boa Sorte – Vanessa Da Mata/Ben Harper
Hey Love – Quadron
Get Lucky – Daft Punk

You can access Inge Vincents’ Creative Soundtrack in the music player below. However, it’s unfortunately not possible to stream the Creative Soundtrack from a mobile device – unless you subscribe to Spotify Premium.


Inge Vincents in the press

Did you see the portrait of Inge Vicents in SAS inflight magazine Scanorama? If not, here’s a flavour – a nice portrait of a great ceramist who’s sale was indeed positively affected by this PR.

Example of one of passionate members…

From CPHmade Market Day last Saturday:

Ceramist Ms. Inge Vincents passionately explaining moderator Peter Kær about her design and product range.

Why handmake? Inge Vincents has a point of view..

Why handmake? The short answer is – I cannot help it!

I am probably not a typical craftsman. I loved going to school and it came easy to me, took high school and continued with a degree in business studies at an English university. Worked with administration, law and language, was super user for my colleagues on the PC. But I almost fell off my chair with fatigue even before lunchtime. The sedentary office life in front of a computer screen just did not work for me.

I had to do something productive. At school I always threw myself at the clay at every opportunity and now I started to look up different courses held by skilled people within the fields of sculpture, ceramics, drawing etc. One day I heard by chance about Technical College and the pottery course. I did not believe my own ears – you could go to clay school full time? I flew to the phone and called for an application form. Three long weeks later I started at pottery class. I pinched myself daily in the arm – it was the most amazing experience. When the year was over, I got an internship in the studio of one of my teachers at college, who in turn appreciated some of the unusual skills I could contribute with. After nine months’ studio practice, and based on my many years of playing and experimenting with the clay, I had developed my idiom and skills so much that I could start my own independent work. I sold my first piece of pottery 32 years after I had first shaped a lump of clay. Just over three years ago I established my own studio shop in Jægersborggade alongside many likeminded fellows.

I think that there are many people who like me are not designed to sit in front of a computer, but the development of our society is rocketing in that direction. Arts and Crafts Schools started off as schools for arts and crafts, then they became design schools and now universities of design with high school exams as the qualifying basis. Farther and farther away from the craft. The Potter’s School and several other craft schools have been closed recently. The vision must be that Danes are to sit behind computer screens with huge heads and small thin arms and design in virtual materials – and then some robots or people in distant countries to low wages will produce our brilliant ideas.

It is not healthy for us and we seem to forget that much of the world-renowned Danish design stem from the craftsmanship and the understanding of the material and texture this gives. And there is still demand for the genuine and unique products. I am often asked if I ought not have my work manufactured abroad. I can not see that happening. It is a conscious choice that I craft my own work – I like to use my head AND hands!

An exsample of the true essence of CPHmade

Passion, creativity and unique skills in craftsmanship – here by Inge Vincent