Opem’s two collections created for Structure each explore the tensions between control and letting go, structure and serendipity, and the individual and society. The first is set of deformed hand grenades, with the distinctive grid pattern exaggerated into lumps on the surface. The second is a collection of unglazed pots that continue the bump theme, considering the relationship between functional structure and individual expression in the way they push the clay to its formal limits, creating unique pieces from socially established forms.
Ceramicist Kristin Opem has been making pottery since training in the mid-90s, and has run her own ceramics studio in Oslo since 2001. Hand-thrown and glazed her work combines mastery of the craft with the freedom of improvisation, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces that make a feature of their deformities.
Opem’s pieces can be found in civic art collection of the city of Trondheim, as well as within its Museum of Applied Art, and have been shown at Collect 2014 in London and Norwegian Crafts’ annual exhibitions in 2010, 2014 and 2015. She was awarded funding by the Norwegian government in 2011 and 2015.