Christina Schou Christensen generally views her works as experiments. She explores a field that is hard to control, and where the outcome is difficult, if not impossible, to predict. She sets certain parameters for the unfolding of the materials, but the process and the interactions among the materials are crucial for the outcome. In traditional serial production, the ceramicist’s emphasis is on controlling the process and minimizing the accidents that almost inevitably occur in the kiln from time to time, such as objects cracking or falling over or glaze failing to bind to the clay. In Christina Schou Christensen’s work, these ’disasters’ are desirable outcomes that point the way to new possibilities and expression. Glaze in particular is a key focus of her work. Traditionally, ceramic glaze is used to make utilitarian objects user-friendly and durable. But when exposed to the highest temperatures in the kiln, glaze is in fact liquid glass with unique properties and potentials. In Christina Schou Christensen’s work, glaze is not merely a coating that affects the colour and texture of a piece but an equal form element in its own right, capable of radically altering the form of the object.
Education: Ceramicst Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design.