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Anne Black

"Working hands-on with the material in my studio has always been my source of inspiration. I believe that a careful human touch in the production process adds value to the product."

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Anne Black is a Copenhagen based ceramicist who´s career evolves around her devotion to applied arts & craftsmanship. Her excitement of working hands-on with the clay were initially inspired by studying ancient Chinese porcelain in school. After graduating from the design school in 1996, she worked in various collective pottery workshops in Copenhagen, creating her porcelain objects, which combine Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, into functional handmade porcelain pieces.

In 2005 Anne transformed her pottery skills and workshop into a development project, when she created a ceramic factory, in the north of Vietnam, together with Mrs. Hang (Vietnamese). There she had the chance to work closely with skilled artisans with whom she exchanged ideas, knowledge and inspiration.

The facility initially received support from the Danish aid organisation Danida and has over the years matured into a socially and environmentally sustainable factory with more than 50 artisans, who produce Anne´s porcelain, with meticulous skill, by hand, day by day.

While given access, to clean working environment, insurances, health programmes and increased economic opportunity, these artisans, at the same time, preserve treasured traditions of craftsmanship in Bat Trang, a famous village in Vietnam, known for its history within ceramics.

2013 was another transforming year for Anne Black, when she added her Copenhagen based concept store black. There she curated a selection of international high-end brands, within fashion, furniture and design accessories together with her own lines of handmade porcelain. 

Anne who is also a mother of 3 kids, lives just a few blocks from her Copenhagen based shop. Her favorite spot is the workshop, where she creates new objects. She has long ago joined forces with her husband Jesper Moseholm creating a small family business in Denmark, with an international reach. And in Vietnam, she is a member of the Hang family, and the 7th generation producing porcelain in Bat Trang.