Bornholm Wild Clay Research Project.
The idea for the "Bornholm Wild Clay Research Project" (BWRP) arose in 2011, when both Iwami Shinsuke and Anne Mette Hjortshøj were invited to participate in The International Teabowl Festival in South Korea. Out of a common interest in working with local and "wild" raw materials, a collaboration sprang, which had its 10-year anniversary in 2021. The collaboration is based on similar ways of working and fireing, but rooted in two diverse cultures
The exhibition project "Wild Clay" has developed over the last ten years and during this period, ceramicist Ann Charlotte Ohlsson has also become part of "Wild Clay". Jesper Lindstrøm Larsen has also been associated with the project. Lindstrøm Larsen is not a ceramicist, but has a great interest in Bornholm's raw material history. And he has, among other things, developed and built Agregård's "clay factory".
Thousands of joint test results have been transformed into finished works, which are fired in Agregård's three furnaces. The two kilns were built for the purpose, one of them, exclusively of local clay. The results shown in two exhibitions, one at Grønbechs Gård and the other in Japan in 2023.
This exhibition should be seen as a form of status both on the joint research work, but also on how each ceramicist brings the test results forward in their own work. The dogma is to use exclusively local raw materials all though the aesthetics and functionality must be considered. This means that 95% of the exhibition's works are produced using local clays and glazes. And partly kilns, as they are also made from raw materials from Bornholm.
The anagama kiln built of local clay is part of the Bornholm Wild Clay Research project shared between Hjortshøj and her husband and the ceramists Iwami Shinsuke from Mashiko, Japan, and Anne Charlotte Ohlsson.