Lene Kuhl Jakobsen
My ‘clay journey’ started in the 1970’ and I learned early on the skill of shaping forms on the pottery wheel.
I still regard this to be a very enjoyable and efficient way of creating vessels.
Later on I may alter or add to these wheel thrown pieces. My sculptural works are handbuilt using other techniques.
I grew up in Denmark and studied Ceramic design and practice for 4 years (1974-78) at an Art and Craft School before developing my skills further by working for other potters. In Norway, I assisted on a large mural as well as producing my own work.
Having met my Australian husband during travels I moved to Melbourne in 1985 finding work for others in shared ceramic spaces combined with teaching and starting tp make my own work.
I had 2 children and in 1992 established a home studio in Heidelberg with an electric kiln and pottery wheel. Here I have continued to experiment with clay, glazes and to explore shapes and decorative techniques.
In developing new styles I am influenced by the Australian environment as well as by the Danish design traditions.
I use stoneware and porcelain clays fired at high temperature producing both functional and sculptural works.
Since 1991 I have exhibited in solo and numerous group shows both in Australia and overseas.