Soendergaard Design

Soendergaard Design was established in 1993 when ceramicist Lars Soendergaard Gregersen moved to England from his homecountry of Denmark. Lars trained in Denmark before setting up Soendergaard Design, at Fressingfield in Suffolk. Lars Gregersen works in the Scandinavian tradition of design and function. All his designs are handthrown in porcelain and finished in glazes using only natural pigments. Lars finishes his ceramics with either a gloss finish, or more unusually a matte finish to create distinctive and tactile pieces of crockery.

An interview with Lars, Courtesy of theeditorblog:

Apart from Fressingfield, Suffolk, being the home to half of my paternal distant ancestry, I don’t know that much about it except for the residing potting talent and shop owner of ‘The Pottery’, Lars P. Soendergaard Gregersen. Some years ago, I was looking for a unique present to give and I found it here in the form of a stunning ‘Eve’ design aubergine Mocha coffee cup and saucer with a wax resist finish.

Lars originates from Denmark having initially spent 4 years on an apprenticeship working as a production thrower in a small studio pottery on the Danish island of Fuenen. He admits that “the most difficult thing to master is throwing well enough to do serial production - a thing one  gets better at - still after 33 years!”

Inspired by the colour palette of the 1970’s and Danish studio potters of the same era, Gregersen aims to make his own ceramics “styled and simplified” which he successfully perfects - the style ranges are clean lined and have a sense of purity with beautiful colourings that he hand mixes.

All Gregersen’s work is made from porcelain - “the challenge of working with it is that it keeps me very focused as any lack of concentration will be evident in the finished product often resulting in it being an ‘imperfect’ - porcelain is very unforgiving. Teapots are the most tedious product to do as there are several stages and parts which all need to come together at the right point during the drying process.”

Working from the studio in Suffolk, he solely takes on the whole process, “my working day varies quite a bit from being office based to throwing pots, glazing or packing finished orders. I don’t have a specific target but know that a days throwing has to be of a certain amount in £’s to make the business viable.“

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His mastery in domestic ware has gained him a broad range of clients from random British individuals like myself to commissions from Japan, Hong Kong and Argentina to businesses such as Heals, Toast, The Conran Shop, Liberty, David Mellor and Nicole Farhi. 

The sheer consistency of skill and hard graft determines these elegant ceramics and to achieve this Gregersen advises to “ learn the craft of throwing to a good standard and you will have 75% of what it takes to make a good living from your craft. Also get a decent amount of theoretical knowledge in glaze making so you can make your product more unique.”

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I would wholly recommend owning a piece or two whether for yourself or as a present to anyone that appreciates a beautifully handmade item. 'The Pottery’ is a find and so too is its owner.

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