Ole Jensen, Born 1958 in Ejsing, Denmark
Ceramist and designer
Lives and works in Copenhagen
Ole Jensen, Monography 2002, written by Erik Steffensen.
Published by Aschehoug.

Educated at The Arts and Crafts College in Kolding, Denmark. Left in 1985.
Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, 1985–89.
Cooperation with Bing & Grøndahl (now Royal Copenhagen) 1985.
Co-founder, ’Showroom of Art’, Copenhagen, 1989–94.
Project leader at Denmark’s School of Design, Copenhagen, (Institute of
Product Design), 1992–99.
Member of the executive commitee of the Council of Arts, Crafts and Design,
The Academy Council for Public Art and Design, and the board of
representatives of Designskolen Kolding, 1998–2002.
Appointed Chairman of the Craft and Design Committee of the Danish
Arts Foundation, 2002–04.
Curator (together with Lars Dybdahl) for Biennale 2007, at Kunstmuseet
Trapholt, Kolding.
Member of the Artists’ Association.
Member of Danish Crafts & Design Association
The Danish Arts Foundation Lifelong Artist Grant, 2009
Visiting Professor at Alfred University, New York State, Fall 2013

Exhibitions

1985
Fem i Form, Skive Art Museum.
1987
Bing & Grøndahl/Royal Copenhagen, Copenhagen. (solo)
1988
Wonders, Baghuset Gallery, Copenhagen.
1990
Design – Craftsmanship or Industry?, The Free Exhibition Hall,
Copenhagen.
1990
Danish Types, The Demonstration Room for Art, Copenhagen.
1990
Luxury Culture, Sophienholm.
1991
Never Compromise on Quality, Spøttrup Borgmuseum.
1991
Good Saturday, The Free Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen.
1993
Practical Avant-garde, Herning Museum of Arts.
1994
The Rooms and Rituals of Everyday Life, The Free Exhibition Hall,
Copenhagen.
1994
The Ceramic Jug, Marienlyst Castle, Elsinore.
1994
Danish Triennale of Ceramic, Arts Museum Trapholt, Kolding.
1995
Building for Billions, North Jutland’s Museum of Arts, Aalborg.
1995
Living Design in Denmark, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
1995
Royal Copenhagen Aujourd’hui, Maison du Danemark, Paris.
1996
Art – Industry, Royal Copenhagen, Sophienholm.
1996
Makes ceramic scent jars with Inger Louise Bach, Tora Urup and
Ursula Munch-Petersen for Morten Skriver and Christian Skeel’s
scent-installation at the Esbjerg Museum of Art.
1996
Duplika, The Exhibition Fund for Danish Crafts and Industrial Design,
Gl. Dok, Copenhagen.
1998
Køkkenting (kitchen items), exhibition with Inger Louise Bach, Tora
Urup and Ursula Munch-Petersen, Royal Copenhagen, Denmark.
1998
Various, Galleri Annemarie, Copenhagen.
1999
Living Design – Dialogue, Tallin, Riga and Kleipeda.
2000
Danish Design, Gent, Belgium. Arlon, Luxembourg. Warzawa and
Poznan, Poland.
2000
Danish Porcelain 1775–2000 – 225 Years of Design, The Danish
Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen.
2000
Challenges, Royal Copenhagen, Copenhagen.
2000
Earthenware, Exhibitionroom for New Ceramics, Copenhagen. (solo)
2001
Challenges, Arts Museum Trapholt, Kolding.
2001
Dansk-Form, Design vom Nachbarn, Museum für Kunst und Geverbe,
und Stilverk, Hamburg.
2002
In Between Spaces, Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen.
2003
Crafts, Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen. (solo)
2004
Use it, – design for everyday life, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
2004
Danish Design Project, MoMA, New York.
2005
Conversation Pieces, Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen.
2005
Framing the Future, Danish Design Center, Copenhagen.
2006
European Ceramic Context 2006, Bornholm, Denmark.
2006
Fitzsu Grand Prix, Los Angeles.
2006
Retrospective exhibition, on the occasion of the Torsten and Wanja
Söderberg’s Prize, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden. (solo)
2007
SE 2007, The Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition, Copenhagen
2007Func Art, Drud & Køppe Gallery, Copenhagen
2008
Mindcraft, I Saloni, Milan
2009
European Design Since 1985 – Shaping the New Century,
Indianapolis Museum of Art
2009
Mindcraft, I Saloni, Milan
2009
It’s a Small World, Danish Design Center, Copenhagen
2010Across, Ny Tap, Copenhagen
2010’The Hærvej Project’, by the Danish Art Foundation    
2011’TableSpace’, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, New York    
2012’Form & Imagination’, (with Louise Birch), Ann Linnemann Studio Gallery, Copenhagen    
2012Exhibition on the occasion of the Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfonds Honorary Grant    
2012‘Nordic Design Today’, Vandalorum, Värnamo, Sweden  

2013'The Opening', in cooperation with Claydies, Copenhagen Ceramics Gallery
2015MINDCRAFT 15, - in between mind and craft, Milan
2016'Danish Design Now', Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen
2016MINDCRAFT 16, - In My Mind Craft, Milan
2016Gallery FUMI, Sardinia

Grants and Awards

1988
Court Jeweller Michelsen Jubilee Grant
1995
1st Prize in competition of the Danish Arts Foundation: ’Ceramics
for everyday use’. Together with Inger Louise Bach and Henrik Lund Larsen.
1996
Design Prize of The Design Foundation
1997
Memorial Grant of silversmith Kay Bojesen
1997
Formlandpris (Royal Copenhagen A/S)
1998
3-year work bursary granted by the Danish Arts Foundation
1998
Design Plus Prize, Frankfurt (’Ole’ porcelainservice, Royal Copenhagen)
2002
Design Plus Prize, Frankfurt (Rubber washing-up bowl, Danish Crafts)
2002
Formlandpris (Broom and dustpan, Normann Copenhagen)
2002
Formlandpris (’Blue dot bowls’, Royal Copenhagen)
2004
Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts
2005
Design Plus Prize, Frankfurt (’Kitchen bowls’, Normann Copenhagen)
2006
The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg’s Prize, Sweden
2007
Red Dot Award (’Familia’, Normann Copenhagen)
2008
IF Product Award (’Familia’, Normann Copenhagen)
2008
GOOD Design Award, Chicago (‘Familia’, Normann Copenhagen)
2009
Habitare Collection 2009, Design Museum, Helsinki (Washing-up bowl)
2009The Danish Arts Foundation Lifelong Artist Grant
2012Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfonds Honorary Grant


Collections

The Danish Arts Foundation
The Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen
New Carlsberg Fund, Copenhagen
Arts Museum Trapholt, Kolding
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne
Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
Grimmerhus, Middelfart
The Erik Vejstrup Collection
Leif Djurhus Collection
Jan Abrahamsen Collection
Habitare Collection, Design Museum, Helsinki