Anne Black is a Copenhagen based ceramicist whose career evolves around her devotion to applied arts & 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 Hanoi local Mrs. Hang. 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 AnneĀ“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).

 

HANDMADE PASSION

QUALITY MATERIALS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

Anne Black use a studio based approach to production. This means that the products are 100% handmade. They 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, they aim to create a more sustainable approach to products and production.

 

CREATING JOBS

Making objects by hand is slower compared to industrialised approaches but it has a positive impact and create jobs and development for the artisans Anne Black employs.
 

CLIMATE IMPACT

CARBON NEUTRAL

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 the products are being made and their 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 they achieve this, by lowering their energy usage and by off-setting all the CO2 emissions, through the planting of trees and investment in renewable energy projects.
Anne Black is aware that ultimately the goal is to base the production on 100% renewable energy and until these systems are in place they will continue to invest in energy projects in order to facilitate that change.

 

SOCIAL IMPACT

ANNE BLACK INCREASES OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN VIETNAM

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 area, 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.


CLEAN AND SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The Anne Black formula is Danish design combined with craftsmanship, clean and safe working environments, insurances, health programs and increased economic opportunity, calling it sustainable social impact.