If you are a ceramics lover, this might not be big news to you but I am most certain that you will nod with approval when I state that Studio Arhoj is a ceramics studio and brand to not only watch but to love. The Copenhagen based studio is run by Anders Arhoj and was originally founded in Tokyo in 2006. These two countries have a considerable influence on the brand’s philosophy and are deeply woven into its DNA: Studio Arhoj explores the visual relationship between Scandinavian simplicity and traditional Japanese culture and crafts such as wheel throwing and glaze construction. The results are beautiful ceramic pieces with a simple beauty and a playful twist.
Studio Arhoj has managed to create an iconic piece in the relatively short period of their existence that really represents their brand – their little ‘Ghosts’ are anything but frightening. These cute little ceramic ghosts quietly inhabit a living space and they are not only decorative but also useful as lucky talismans or cool ring holders. All ghosts, just like any other piece from Studio Arhoj, is handmade in their Copenhagen studio and features the beautiful features of unique pieces.
Studio Arhoj is launching regularly new pieces that are designed and produces in their studio by a skillful team. Cups, mugs, bowls, penholders, vases and many other decorative objects convey the brand’s aesthetics and belief that form can be viewed separately from function from time to time. This does not mean that you can’t use Studio Arhoj’s pieces in your daily life, but the folks at Studio Arhoj is really after creating unusual, fun design pieces.
The skillful artisans around Anders Arhoj love to experiment with forms, materials and ideas. They draw, work the clay, test different glazes – the results are always unique and fun and carry the typical visual aesthetic of Studio Arhoj. I love the playfulness of the little ghosts that come in a huge variety, the drip glazes on their cups like the ‘Melting Mug’ or the wonderful, almost archaic looking ‘Summer Bowl’ inspired by Japanese culture.
I know it and I admit it: ceramics are one of my soft spots. Do you wonder at all that I already have three little ceramic ‘Ghosts’ by Studio Arhoj inhabiting my little apartment? It was crystal clear that this had to happen. Guilty as charged.
Photography via Studio Arhoj