The Journal | Tasja P. - Simplicity With a Twist
Tasja P.'s studio shop is decorated in calm tones and simple interiors that suit her ceramics really well and the room is filled with cups, vases, plates and bowls ready to take home. Having a shared space for the shop and the workspace is no coincident, and from spending just a couple of hours at Tasja's studio shop I sense that she really enjoys chatting to the people who come in to have a browse on their way home from work.
I chatted to the Polish born potter about her transition from working as a graphic designer to get into ceramics and why she decided to call Copenhagen home.
"I like simplicity with a twist, I like sense of humour but also
longevity and sustainability,"
Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself, Tasja
I was Born in Poland in 1983, grew up in Poland and Germany. I did a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design in Warsaw and a Master's degree in Media Art in Wiemar at the Bauhaus University. I worked as a graphic designer for about 5 years, mostly in Warsaw. I moved to Oslo in 2012 where I started to take ceramics a little more seriously. I moved to Copenhagen in 2014 and decided to make it my main occupation.
Photo credit: Christina Thaisen
What led you to open your own studio?
When I moved to Copenhagen in 2014 I started an apprenticeship with Eric Landon aka Tortus. I worked for him for 2,5 years and then I decided to open my own Studio in December 2016. My own studio was part time for half a year while I was still working for Eric, helping to teach pottery workshops, but it soon evolved into being a fulltime thing.
How would you describe your ceramics?
I try to make them look modern but not to serious. I like simplicity with a twist, I like sense of humour but also longevity and sustainability, I like when the material speaks for itself, and I like the closeness of it to nature. That's what I want to get across in my work.
Photo credit: Christina Thaisen
"I like when the material speaks for itself, and I like the closeness of it to nature. That's what I want to get across in my work"
Could you please tell us a bit about your working process?
I like to sketch on the wheel and I always try new ideas directly on a small scale on the wheel; I also like to test glazes this way. On a typical working day I throw for a few hours and trim; I really enjoy to have different activities during my working day, so I don’t have to sit for 8 hours and do the same thing. I don’t like to feel like a production line.
Ceramics is a slow process where a lot can go wrong, so you have to be very patient and very attentive to detail. That's something I’ve learned after I started making ceramics.
Tasja P. cups available in the shop
"Ceramics is a slow process where a lot can go wrong, so you have to be very patient and very attentive to detail. That's something I’ve learned after I started making ceramics."
Where do you find inspiration?
I don’t think I have anything in particular that inspires me, however, I would say that nature and the way people use things influence me. Flowers can also inspire me to make certain vases, and the Japanese tea ceremony inspired me to make a cup for example. If I should mention an inspirational potter I have to say Luce Rie without a doubt.
Karin Blach Nielsen vase available in the shop
How do you find living and working in Copenhagen?
I love living in Copenhagen it’s the city I chose to live in and it didn’t disappoint me; I like the ease of it, the bicycle culture, the many events, the size - as it's not too big. I also like living close to the sea, the people and how they care about the environment they live in. However, it could rain a little less, hah.
"I love living in Copenhagen it’s the city I chose to live in and it didn’t disappoint me."
Thank you so much for telling us about your work and inspiration, Tasja. We look forward to following your work in the future.
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You can find Tasja on Instagram here.