Ib Georg Jensen

Ib Georg Jensen is the youngest surviving son of the silversmith Georg Jensen. He was born in Hellerup, on August 5th 1927. He trained as a potter at Herman Kahler ceramics in 1947, and followed much in his father's foot steps, opening his own pottery shop, Muk Pottery, adopted from a childhood pseudonym, in 1949. Soon after he joined Den Permanente and Danish Crafts, displaying his works alongside many other notable designers and craftsman. Later on he would work for the Georg Jensen Silversmithy for a brief period of time and later move on to Gero in the Netherlands were he would design their modern style of flatware. He then returned in 1962 to Denmark where he opened up a new pottery workshop and began to produce in addition to bowls, plates and other tableware, teapots, jewelry, and even flower pots. The teapotswould later be featured in an exhibit, “Teapots and Light” as well as a secondary feature of his silver jewelry designs, manufactured by Thor Selzer at Den Permanente. He then moved on to design more stoneware lines which was very comprehensive, spanning from roasting pans to egg dishes, and a few years later became development manager for Bing and Grondahl.

 

His vast experience with pottery has led him to write a number of books on the subject, including “Potters Handbook”, “Ceramic Lexicon” and on the subject of his father, “There once was a silversmith”.

 

 

The subject of his father has always been dear to his heart. In 2004 he had helped to organize the exhibition “The Unknown Georg Jensen” and was involved in the previous signature dispute with the Georg Jensen Silversmithy. Ib Georg Jensen's primary dispute with the firm has been primarily a heartfelt concern about his father's image and rich history, and has desired to uphold the Georg Jensen name and the quality and artistic beauty. He has also been known to state his distress at the Georg Jensen name being attached to “all sorts of small items” and odd items not affiliated with his father's work. Although he has felt defeated in his efforts against the Georg Jensen Silversmithy, he remains happy and cheerful with his own family and his memories and continues his quest to promote his father's work through “The Georg Jensen Society”, a group that is unaffiliated with the Silversmithy and founded in 2000, as well as the “Georg Jensen Magazine”.

Sources:

http://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/artikel/92749:Kultur--Jeg-foelte-fars-glaede-naar-han-tegnede

http://designmuseum.dk/assets/505/CV_Ib_Georg_Jensen.pdf