In 2005 Anne transformed her pottery skills and workshop into a development project, when she created a ceramic factory, in the north of Vietnam, together with Mrs. Hang (Vietnamese). There she had the chance to work closely with skilled artisans with whom she exchanged ideas, knowledge and inspiration.
The facility initially received support from the Danish aid organisation Danida and has over the years matured into a socially and environmentally sustainable factory with more than 50 artisans, who produce Anne´s porcelain, with meticulous skill, by hand, day by day.
While given access, to clean working environment, insurances, health programs and increased economic opportunity, these artisans, at the same time, preserve treasured traditions of craftsmanship in Bat Trang, a famous village in Vietnam, known for its history within ceramics.
2013 was another transforming year for Anne Black, when she added her Copenhagen based concept store black. There she curated a selection of international high-end brands, within fashion, furniture and design accessories together with her own lines of handmade porcelain.
In recent years Anne Black has expanded her work with unique pieces, made in her workshop in Copenhagen and often in collaboration with various designers such as Akira Minagawa (JP), Henrik Vibskov (DK), Adish (IL).
QUALITY MATERIALS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
We use a studio based approach to production. This means our products are 100% hand made. We apply various traditional craftsmanship techniques such as hand throwing, hand painting and modelling by hand. Through the usage of quality materials, enduring aesthetics and craftsmanship, we aim to create a more sustainable approach to products and production.
Making objects by hand is slower compared to industrialised approaches, but it has a positive impact and create jobs and development for the artisans we employ.
Making ceramics create emissions. Therefore we put sustainable thinking at the center of everything we do.
We work with one factory only, where we can control the processes under which our products are being made and our studio based approach to production means it is all labour based. This create more jobs and less pollution.
Our ambition is to become a carbon neutral company and at present we achieve this, by lowering our energy usage and by off-setting all our CO2 emissions, through the planting of trees and investment in renewable energy projects.
We are aware that ultimately the goal is to base the production on 100% renewable energy and until these systems are in place, then we continue to invest in energy projects in order to facilitate that change.
Since 2005 we have developed and managed our own factory in Vietnam together with Danish development organisation Danida and the Vietnamese Hang family. The production is located in the Bat Trang area, known for its ceramic production. Together with the Hang family, who has been making ceramics in 7 generations, we have set-up a production, that matches international labor standards, with a particular focus on creating increased opportunity for Vietnamese women.
Our formula is Danish design combined with craftsmanship, clean and safe working environments, insurances, health programs and increased economic opportunity. We call it sustainable social impact.