My name is Hanne Rysgaard, I am a ceramic designer-maker.

My personal approach to life is “you have to smile” and my work focuses on fun and function – it is both useful and pleasurable in equal measures.

I evolve new designs by an ongoing process of play; I like to juxtapose different patterns using open stock transfers, patterns and colours found in bric-a-brac, vintage fabrics, souvenirs, whatever grabs my attention to decorate the simple ceramic shapes which I have developed from past and present functional wares.

My slip-cast & thrown ranges are very much their own entities and have evolved over several years. They complement each other; the wheel-thrown pieces make generous and informal traditional tableware with a twist and the slip-cast designs are more contemporary and quirky home accessories.

When I need a break from the main production work I enjoy working with  porcelain paperclay for play and experiments, it uses up scraps of clay from both casting and throwing and has become my “breathing space” , where i develope new ideas as well as collaborate across discipline & materials with other artists.

My choices to develop 3 different types of manufacture and selling through various outlets and online, ensures that my work is always available at fair prices –  from £5 for a simple white porcelain napkin ring to £165 for a glamorous 3 tiered cake stand…and it also ensures that I continue to enjoy my practice 🙂

This full page image was featured in the Guardian Weekend magazine in March 2009.

It resulted in a huge amount of orders through my www.notonthehighstreet.com shopfront.

I feel the image captures 100% what my work is about and it still makes me smile every time I see it.
I have no idea how they did it-but most likely photoshop was involved?