Anne Black is a Copenhagen based ceramicist whose career evolves around her devotion to applied arts and craftsmanship. Her excitement of working hands on with the clay were initially inspired by studying ancient Chinese porcelain in school. After graduating from the design school in 1996, she worked in various collective pottery workshops in Copenhagen, creating her porcelain objects, which combine Scandinavian design and craftsmanship into functional handmade porcelain pieces.
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 started her Copenhagen based concept store black. There she curated a selection of international high-end brands creating a space where fashion, furniture and design accessories join 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).
Anne Black uses a studio based approach to production. This means the 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, Anne Black aims 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 creates jobs and development for the artisans they employ.
Making ceramics create emissions. Therefore Anne Black puts sustainable thinking at the center of everything they do.
Anne Black works with one factory only, where they can control the processes under which our products are being made and a studio based approach to production means it is all labour based. This create more jobs and less pollution.
Anne Black's ambition is to become a carbon neutral company and at present to achieve this aim to lower energy usage and to off-setting all CO2 emissions, through the planting of trees and investment in renewable energy projects.
Anne Black is are aware that ultimately the goal is to base the production on 100% renewable energy and until these systems are in place, they continue to invest in energy projects in order to facilitate that change.
Since 2005 Anne Black has developed and managed their own factory in Vietnam together with Danish development organisation Danida and the Vietnamese Hang family. The production is located in the Bat Trang are, well known for its ceramic production. Together with the Hang family, who has been making ceramics in 7 generations, Anne Black has set-up a production, that matches international labour standards, with a particular focus on creating increased opportunity for Vietnamese women.
Anne Black's formula is Danish design combined with craftsmanship, clean and safe working environments, insurances, health programs and increased economic opportunity. They call it sustainable social impact.