Pots and dishes in pottery, monumental sculptures in stoneware and fine jewellery in porcelain.
The exhibition is a sensuous exploration through Jais Nielsen's ceramic lifeworks. From the first experiments in pottery to the many stoneware works that he created at The Royal Porcelain factory from 1920, until his death. Drawings and sketches provide an additional insight into Jais Nielsen's work processes. At the exhibition you can also enjoy examples of the outstanding Art Deco jewellery in ceramic and silver, which he created in collaboration with royal jeweller A. Dragsted. A broad range of works, from the large figures and unique works to smaller pieces, which gained great popularity with a wider audience.
Jais Nielsen belongs to the group of Danish avant-garde artists, who provoked the audience with their modern, disruptive paintings in the time around the end of World War 1. Based on French, modernist painting and inspired by ancient and medieval designs, Jais Nielsen made his first attempts with clay in 1915. It was here he discovered the right medium for realising what would be a unique, ceramic lifework. The great tales of ancient times and the Bible provided the subject matter, which he interpreted in a distinctive and strict design language that manages to be archaic and modern at the same time. This is also apparent in his major work, The Potter from 1925, which was presented at the World Exhibition in Paris, causing The Royal Porcelain Factory and Denmark to be catapulted into the world of elite stoneware.