Hidden away off a quiet courtyard in the heart of the capitol's bustling shopping district, you'll find the calm oasis of Tortus Copenhagen. Here, housed in a 19th century truss-style building, master potters Eric Landon and Karin Blach Nielsen follow a century-old tradition of Danish ceramics to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are utterly timeless.
Above: Dramatically proportioned, yet with a clean silhouette, Tortus's bowls await the glazing process.
Above: Much like their ceramics, Eric and Karin's studio represents a unique marriage of rich tradition and modern design.
Above: Master potter and designer Eric Landon sits in the studio's doorway, which opens onto the sunlit courtyard. Working with ceramics since he was sixteen, Landon graduated from the Danish School of Design and has received a number of awards for his work.
Above: For Landon, Tortus is as much about the process, "the love of making and a passion for the materials," as it is about the end result. He believes that making things by hand is a timeless tradition.
Above: Landon survey's unglazed pots in the truss-style studio.
Above: Karin Blach Nielsen is Tortus's "architect of color and surface." In a seamless continuation of the creative process, this graduate of the Royal College of Art in London takes her time with each vessel in order to realize the full expressive potential of each piece.
Above: The finished vessels of Tortus represent "a seamless dialogue between design and process."
Above: Finished vessels are for sale from the minimal showroom at one end of the studio. You may also purchase Tortus's pieces via their online shop.
Above: A detail of Karin's richly layered glaze.
Above: A serene and stately pot from Tortus's fluted collection is a fine example of Tortus's mix of traditional craft and modern form.
Above: Unfinished pieces await Karin's consideration of the final glaze.
Above: If you have a couple minutes, I strongly suggest that you witness the creative process in action in the video shot from a very unexpected perspective.
N.B. Take a tour of another inspired ceramics studio with Heath's Adam Silverman.