Keramikeren/The Ceramist: Bodil Manz
Edited by Nanna Bruun and Bodil Busk Laursen, with contributions by Garth Clark, Anne Wolden-Ræthinge and Svend Axelsson
Hardcover/ 230 pages / 9 x 12.5 / Over 100 color illustrations / Published by Narayana Press, Gylling / 2008
Bodil Manz (Danish, b. 1943) is a ceramicist known for her predominant use of ultra-thin, translucent eggshell porcelain to create distinctive cylindrical forms, anchored by bold, geometric abstractions in a style evocative of Russian Suprematism. Much in the way Morandi approached a still life or Albers the square, her engagement with the cylinder form ad infinitum is study in the master’s ability to extract sublime nuance from the seemingly quotidien. In her own words – “Focusing and concentrating on a single object such as a sphere, a square, a cylinder, a cup, fundamentally something quite ordinary, the stuff of everyday life, [seems] indeed almost banal. But during the process we discovered fresh aspects, and suddenly ‘the ordinary’ became a new experience.
Bodil Manz’s work is included in many important museum collections including: the Museum of Modern Art New York, Victoria and Albert in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Musée de Sèvres, France and the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan.
This exhibition catalog on the Danish ceramist Bodil Manz covers over forty years of her career, highlighting her unique skill in creating her signature, ethereal transparent vessels.