Thomas Jepsen is a Danish economist with a MSc in Accounting, Strategy and Control from Copenhagen Business School. He is the founder and CEO of Contractor Quotes, a growing platform that helps connect homeowners with contractors as well as providing them with all the home improvement related information relevant for their project.
Since 2011, Thomas has been involved in the home improvement industry through different functions including consulting them on their business strategy, and he reviews a lot of the articles featured on the platform to ensure accuracy.
Having been involved in home improvement for so long, his main goal is to inspire better transparency in the home improvement space by making a range of different things more accessible to the homeowner to better ensure that they get the home that they want, while staying within budget and improving the amount of money homeowners can hope to recoup as a consequence of their efforts.
Bernard Leach (1897-1979)
British Potter Bernard Leach is regarded as one of the great British potters of the 20th century. He spent eleven years in Japan, from 1909 to 1920, after which he returned to England to set up the St. Ives pottery and to spread the message of ceramics, the Oriental way. His influence through his writings and as mentor... Read More
Early Japanese Pottery
Of all the kinds of artifacts which may be found at archaeological sites, ceramics are surely one of the most important. Ceramic artifacts are extremely durable, and may last tens of thousands of years virtually unchanged from the date of manufacture. And ceramic artifacts, unlike stone tools, are completely person-made, shaped of clay and... Read More
A Modernist Potter (1920-1981) Hans Coper was an influential modernist ceramist. Originally born in Germany, Coper migrated to England in 1939. Coper’s work was of a ‘continental’ sensibility – it had little or nothing to do with Leach’s ‘Sung Standard’. Coper was concerned less with the revival of Chinese or Korean rural expression, but rather... Read More
The Mud-Pie Dilemma
by John Nance. Review by Steven Goldate. John Nance’s diary-style book ‘The Mud-Pie Dilemma’ is a journalist’s account of the life and struggles of American studio-potter Tom Coleman. Nance picks up the story of Tom Coleman, the potter, in Oregon in 1977, when Tom is 32 years old. He had already been making a living as... Read More
How to Make a Clay Whistle
Technique by Chris Henley Below you will find a sequence of photographs with accompanying text that describes the fundamentals of a clay whistle making technique. I discovered quite by accident sometime around 1970. It is simple and works every time, if you follow the sequence. However, there are a few variables that come into play.... Read More
The Origins of Chattering
A Deocrative Technique Chattering is a decorative tecnique where a flexible metal tool is allowed to ‘jump’ across the surface of a leatherhard pot, making regular incisions on the surface. Japanese potters call such a tool a ‘jumping’ kanna, or ‘tobikanna’. In Japan, turning tools are known collectively as ‘kezuri no dogu’. The tools which potters originally... Read More
Japanese pottery boxes are works of art in their own right. Report by Robert Yellin In the West, one never really pays much attention to the box after receiving a gift or after making a purchase for oneself. It’s simply there to hold the contents and then be thrown away. It doesn’t really tell us... Read More
Nesta Nala & Clive Sithole
Two South African Zulu potters Photo: Collection Axis Gallery/Gary van Wyk & Lisa Brittan, photo Gary van Wyk Nesta Nala (b. 1940) is an award-winning South African Zulu potter. Nala learnt how to make traditional Zulu beer pots from her mother Siphiwe, who was also a potter. She has in turn also taught her daughters Jabu, Zanele and Thembi... Read More
Hungarian-born American studio potter and designer Eva Zeisel was born in Hungary in 1906. She initially trained in painting in Britain, then, in the tradition of the journeyman, went to work as a designer in various European factories in Hungary and Germany. In 1932 she went to the Soviet Union, again working in various factories and... Read More
Wilhelm Kagel (1867–1935)
German pottery manufacturer German frescoe painter, studio potter and pottery manufacturer Wilhelm Kagel was born in Mecklenburg in 1867. He initially worked as a tradesman painter, then from 1887 studied Frescoe and Decorative Painting at the School of Applied Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) in Munich. He finally settled in Patenkirchen, establishing a studio in 1892. Works –... Read More
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