Ivan Weiss is born in Denmark in 1946. At the age of sixteen he was trained as overglaze painter at Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory from 1962 to 1966. Apprenticed to the artistic director Nils Thorsson, Ivan optained a great insight to the ceramic field. During the years 1970-72 Ivan studied ceramics in Hagi in Japan, where he learned to throw bowls and fire ceramics. Back in Denmark he was reemployed as a ceramist at Royal Copenhagen, continuing his collaboration with Nils Thorsson and creating ceramics in a separate studio until 2004. Since then Ivan has worked freelance at Royal Copenhagen and as a guest lecturer at the Danish Design School.
Over the course of a long career of 42 years at Royal Copenhagen, Ivan Weiss has developed a whole range of ceramic expressions. Through different shapes, decorations and materials Ivan has created works from tiny boxes in porcelain to man-high pots in rough stoneware. The materials explored are overglaze, porcelain, earthenware and stoneware. Ivan is strongly inspired from Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, which is reflected in his works. His work has been exhibited in a large number of Danish museums and in museums throughout the world. Big decoration assignments are shown for example in the building of The Danish Center of Forest, Landscape and Planning.
Visit the website of the artist: http://ivanweiss.dk
Pictures: Ivan Weiss, portrait (source website artist); bowls with calligraphy, exhibition (source website artist); signature.