Cecilie Manz’ series of Japanese handmade earthenware for Fritz Hansen Accessories introduces a special glaze, new colours and a new Round vase. The unique glaze and colours truly underlines the craftsmanship that define the Fritz Hansen quality as well as the fascination of and respect for the Japanese ceramics tradition. Like the existing Cecilie Manz earthenware the new vases are handmade at small potteries in Seto, Japan. They express simple Scandinavian design at its best whilst coming across warm and welcoming. About the glazing The new Pale grey glaze with small iron spots emerges individually during the 1230 °C burning process and visually come across as little freckles. This glaze is available for the Jar Vase and the new Round vase and it is a low and subtle design perfect for creating an aesthetic still-life at home – with or without flowers. The new Tenmoku glaze in black with individually appearing Iron marks on the rim, emerges during the burning process. It gives a both raw and elegant look – fit for flowers or simply as a decorative sculpture.
Cecilie Manz was born in the Odsherred region of Denmark. As the child of parents occupied with art and design, designing always formed a natural part of her life. She chose design as her living when she began studying at the Danish School of Design in 1992. Her great interest for function and conceptualization took her further as an exchange student to Helsinki where she attended the Finnish University of Art and Design. In 1998, a year after she graduated from the Danish School of Design she started her own studio, Manz Lab, the centre of her work ever since. Already, Cecilie Manz has exhibited all over the world and is permanently represented in the exhibitions of MOMA and the Danish Design Centre. She has been lectured and awarded several significant prizes for her conceptual design. "I work with things that have a meaning to me. My general idea is always to have a clear argument legitimizing the designs that I make. Function is essential, and if I cannot formulate a good reason for a new product, it is better to refrain from making it" - Cecilie Manz.