Jørgen Mogensen is born in Denmark in 1927. He was trained at the Art Craftsman School in Copenhagen, and then studied for a period in Paris. He started his professional career as a potters apprentice with Royal Copenhagen in 1949. He worked with iconic figures such as Knud Khyn, Axel Salto, Gerd Bogelund and Nils Thorsson in their “stoneware cellar” where this group worked at Royal Copenhagen. His first work for Royal Copenhagen were his 1950s pieces of stylised bird motifs with a mottled brownish stoneware glaze – a similar glaze to which the other stoneware artists were using during this period. He rarely used other glazes or colours – but you can sometimes find a design in blues. Jørgen Mogensen is one of the 20th Century’s most important Danish potters and sculptors. One can see the sculptural qualities of his work and the way he uses glazes to accentuate the textural quality of his pieces. His pieces are all beautifully formed – and nearly always quite heavy and sculptural (text C20 ceramics).
Pictures: Jørgen Mogensen in his studio (source anseta.com); Jørgen in his studio, 2009 (source simplymodern.dk/C20 ceramics); vase Royal Copenhagen (source Lauritz.com); vase 2 Royal Copenhagen (source Boas Antik); bowl (source antikvitet.net).