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See Karen Hjort-Jensen's art in our LAUNCH Gallery.

Karen Hjort-Jensen

Pottery Artist  // School Instructor  // Launch Gallery Artist

"I first fell in love with clay when I lived and studied in a Quaker community in Pennsylvania.  Although pottery was not central to our studies, the studio was open 24 hours a day, and I spent every available minute there, completely transfixed. Even though in the mid-1980s, the Quaker principles of simplicity and functionality still inform my work, and I concentrate on simple forms and glazes and strive to make pots that are carefully crafted, work well, and are pleasing to look at and hold.

I consider myself a self-taught potter and have learned from many instructors through courses and weekend workshops. Through that process, I have learned that every instructor has something to offer, that there are many different techniques available to potters, and that in the end, you develop a process and a style that is uniquely yours. I was trained as an Adult Educator in Britain and am delighted that, at this stage in my life, I can combine my professional training with doing what I love – that is, teaching pottery to adults!"