Ursula Munch-Petersen (1930) - Ceramist
Educated at Design School in Copenhagen, 1956-60.
Employed by Hjorts Terracotta plant in Ronne, 1960-61.
Employed by Bring & Grondahl Porcelain Factory in Copenhagen, 1961-68.
Studying at Escuela de Diseno y Artesanias in Mexico, 1968.
Travels in North Africa in 1963 and in Mexico in 1967-68 and in 1988.
Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Department of the room and wall art in Copenhagen, 1970-72.
Teacher at the School of Art and Design in Copenhagen, since 1973.
Own workshop since 1978
Cooperation with Royal Copenhagen since 1987
The Board Member for Crafts.
Member of the evaluation committee for design education in Denmark
Speaking future language
The cups, mugs, plates and bowls from the Ursula series speaks a very contemporary language. With its colorful, round and usable forms expresses the artist herself functionalism in its current, effervescent form.
"We must protect our resources," says Ursula Munch-Petersen, and speaks with a contemporary environmentally conscious voice. "This means a gentleness and care, and the crafts light touch when working with materials - in ceramics as well as in the culinary."
A sign of good food
Her family of cups and mugs, plates and bowls signals good food. She has designed each part as a separate entity, and the objects' function are carefully reflected in their lively, rounded forms. She feels that use objects should reflect the people. A handle should almost ask to be held. The oval plates invites food to arrange itself delicately. Ursula is full of practical details. For examplehave many of her objects several features. A small oval plate serves as both the dish and the saucer, just as well as it can act as a lid for one of her oval bowls. Most of the objects can be stacked, and she has ensured adequate space and proportions in a number of robust parts that are a good choice for both serving and presenting food.