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The art of eliminating the unnecessary

The ceramicist Inge Vincents handcrafts accessible ‘thinware’ porcelain objects with an organic twist and an eye for Danish design tradition.

“On Jægersborggade, a cobbled street packed with independent boutiques, studios and eateries in the Nørrebro neighbourhood of Copenhagen, behind a fiery red door that beautifully contrasts with the all-white porcelain beyond, is Inge Vincents’ ceramic studio and shop.

Her ivory-coloured designs are beset with crinkles, ribs, folds and lines – and are characteristically thin. Merging traditional craft with contemporary design, Inge meticulously hand builds small batches of translucent vases, tealight-holders and bowls.

Fragile yet functional

“My approach to craftsmanship is about accessibility both in terms of design and price,” says Vincents. Her gift-friendly price tags range from 250 Danish kroner for a tealight-holder and 400-2,500 for vases, up to around 4,500 for larger objects – all made possible by selling straight from the kiln without a middleman.

Vincents explains that the all-white hue of her designs directs attention to their texture and organic shape: “There is plenty going on as it is. I work from thin to hysterically thin and aim for a distinctly sculptural aesthetic as my pieces are designed to be sculptures in their own right when not in use,” she says.

With spring here, the curvy vases are ideal for displaying vibrant bouquets of tulips on a windowsill or as a dining-table centrepiece – and Vincents is an expert in packaging her beautifully thin porcelain for safe home transport and shipping.”

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