Merete Rasmussen


I work with abstract sculptural form. I’m interested in the idea of one continuous surface, with one connected edge or line running through the whole form. Clear, clean shapes; soft smooth curves in contrast to sharp edges; concave and convex surfaces; the discovery and strength of an inner/negative space - these are all form expressions that appeal to me and results in my continuous exploration and expression in many different variations.

My sculptures are either asymmetrical or with a repetition of form:
- Asymmetrical where I mainly work with the idea of continuous surface. The form has only one side and one edge connected throughout the shape.
- Repetition of form with three symmetrical parts that are connected; three being both a strong number and a balanced repetition of form. The negative space - the shape of the space in between, is equally important.

My work is hand built in coiling technique. Stoneware is my chosen material for its qualities – I like to challenge the material and my own skills by building complicated shapes; fragile in the building, drying and firing process which upon firing attain the strength to be handled and positioned without support.

I often get an idea for a new form while working on another. I also find my inspiration in form I see in nature as well as architecture and design; clean curves, sparse decoration, simplicity.
To emphasize the form I use a matt surface and toned down colours.

I was born in Denmark but grew up in Sweden. I returned to Denmark to study at Design School Kolding in 2000, and moved to London in 2005 after graduating. I have since then predominately worked with sculptural forms.

Education
2000-2005
 MA Ceramics, Designskolen Kolding, Denmark
2000  Art foundation course, Kolding Kunstskole, Denmark
1997-1999  Ceramics, Oestra Grevie Folkhoegskola, Sweden

Awards
2007  Crafts Council Development Award

Exhibitions
2009
  Focus, CAA Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
Ceramic Art London 2010, Royal College of Art, UK
Collect; The Scottish Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Origin, London, UK
Made it, Contemporary Ceramics - London Design Festival 2009
15a Galerie & Beeldentuin, Lochem, The Netherlands
Vanguard Court Studios, The Scottish Gallery, UK
Spring at Lund Gallery, Easingwold, UK
Form and nature, Sussex Barn Gallery, UK
Ceramic Art London 2009, Royal College of Art, UK
2008  Mouvemments Modernes Gallery at Art Design London / fiac, Paris 
Origin, London, UK
Material, 15a Galerie & Beeldentuin, Lochem, The Netherlands
Formed, Comtemporary Ceramics, London, UK
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Danish Ceramics, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh,UK
‘Afresh’, Gallerytop, Matlock, UK
‘Paysages en Fusain’, Galerie Fusion, Toulouse, France
2007  Showcase, Victoria and Albert Museum shop
Showcase, Contemporary Ceramics, London
Ceramic Art London 2007, Royal College of Art
‘Gifted’, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
‘Hoestsamling’, Galleri Pictor, Sweden
‘Esperanto’, Brick 5, Vienna, Austria
2006  ‘Network’, The Danish Museum for Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005  The International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark Designer Zoo, Copenhagen, Denmark

Commissions / Public Collections
National Museum of Scotland
Crafts Council Collection, UK
FNAC National Fund of Contemporary Arts, France
TERRA, International Sculpture Symposium, Serbia and Montenegro
Guldagergaard, The International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark 

Exhibitions

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