Aage Birck – 1941 – Ceramist. Danish version
Since 1965 - workshop together with ceramist and sculptor Heidi Guthmann Birck.
In the later years I have worked with sculptures in stoneware and done site specific
commissions in public areas. Parallel to that I have continued my experimentations
with glazes and firing methods. I concentrate on sculptures with worked in “ready made”
items mostly in the form of craftsman’s tools. >3
My aim is the perfect balance between the chosen object and the ceramic form, exploiting
the special expression of the salt glaze.
A second field, in which I am engaged, is the unglazed sculpture combined with fragments of
corroded iron and stamped geometrical signs. Fired in a saggar together with reduction
material the surface achieves colours in shades of black and grey which give the sculpture a
burned out character. The straight lines and sharp edges provide the sculptures an
architectonical mark. >2
A third field is my facetted vase with classical oriental iron glazes or salt glaze. They are
build up with slaps into multi edged forms. >1
Sometime the edges have an oblique angle to the base and the lines change angle between
body and neck, which at the same time give the vase a perfect balance or a disturbing
crookedness depending from the angle from which it is looked upon.
Since 1966 I have done several exhibitions all over Europe and my works are to be found in
several public collections. From 1987 to 1998 I was connected to Kunsthåndværkerskolen
(Designskolen) in Kolding.