Ceramic artist Hannah Koppel on finding space on her own doorstep
My Hole & Corner 06.09.2018
The daughter of Henning Koppel (the artist and Georg Jensen designer) doesn’t have to travel far to find the peace, quietness and light that inspires her…
A hole-and-corner’ is an old English term meaning a secret place: somewhere you go to escape the world, to be inspired, to contemplate and create. Where is your ‘hole-and-corner’?
I had one when I was a child, but now I think it’s on the veranda. I have a sofa and I can lie down there and look at the water, I can read – I can just be there.
Can you explain why it is so special to you?
It’s because there’s quietness there. I can think, I can look into my workshop, I can hear the water and I can just see the light.
Is it important to you to have somewhere to escape from the hustle and bustle of life?
No, it’s not important but if I want it then I go for a long walk, I can walk by the sea and into the forest and back again. It can take two hours – and that I like very much. There’s a lot of deer and very old trees and a very good path by the sea…
What do you like to listen to when you’re working?
I don’t very often, but if so it should be music like relaxed jazz. Many people ask me why don’t I listen to audio books, but I can’t have that!
What elements do you think make a perfect ‘hole-and-corner’?
Light; I couldn’t move to an apartment with no light. I have to have it, I’m used to it – and I’m very spoilt here, I know that.
Is it private to you or do you let other people visit?
Quiet doesn’t matter, I have 10 grandchildren and three children!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
I was educated in ceramics and then I had – with my husband – a publishing house. I had that for 23 years and then I was tired of it. My husband he said to me, ‘Hannah, now you’re going to sell that publishing house!’ and I said, ‘No, I can’t do it, we have so many authors!’ But he said that I had to sell and start to make ceramics again. I think that’s the best advice I ever had – and I did it. I sold it and started again.
The centenary of Henning Koppel’s birth is celebrated by Georg Jensen this year with the launch of a new piece, 1041, inspired by a 1954 design of his found in their archive.