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.
Patriciu (Patrick) Mateescu
Romanian-American ceramist Patrick Mateescu is a Romanian-born American ceramist. He received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania and settled in the USA in 1979. Since 1998 Mateescu has distanced himself from decorative aspects in his previous work, such as color and symmetry, in favor of dramatic expression in his current abstract... Read More
Eccentric British potters (Click images to enlarge) The Martin Brothers pottery was founded by the eldest of the group, Robert Wallace Martin (1843–1923), who had trained in sculpture at Lambeth School of Art and later at the Royal Academy of Art. By the late 1860s he had set up his first workshop, making terracotta sculpture.... Read More
American clay sculptor During his early period Michael Lucero made composite sculptures using hundreds of thin, hand-made tiles which were attached to wire frames. Often these would be human figures, but sometimes animal forms. Already in these early works, one can see combinations of human/animal, culture/nature, architecture/organism that have remained an element in Lucero’s subsequent work. In... Read More
American trompe-l’oeil sculptor Canadian ceramist Marilyn Levine studied sculpture in Canada and the USA. Levine has become well known for her hyper-realistic renderings of leather briefcases, handbags, jackets and the like, in the trompe-l’oeil tradition. Other artists have also worked in this tradition, e.g. Ah Leon and Richard Shaw, but Levine devoted her efforts with great effect... Read More
Controversial American ceramist. Article by Larry Reid Warning: This article contains images that may disturb some readers. Darkness in Delft “Never Look a Gift Shoppe in the Mouth” intones the inscription on one of Seattle artist Charles Krafft’s porcelain collector plates. So, it should come as no surprise that the creator of delft Disasterwaretm took advantage of a... Read More
German studio potter resident in Japan Gerd Knäpper’s story is truly an amazing one. Knäpper studied in Germany with Host Kerstan and in Japan with Seisei Suzuki. In 1968, he moved to the Japanese pottery town of Mashiko, building the first foreign owned workshop there. In 1975 he moved to Daigo, north of Mashiko. In 1971,... Read More
American ceramist. American ceramist Kathy Butterly earned a BFA at Moore College of Art in 1986 and an MFA at the University of California, Davis in 1990. Her awards include the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Grant in 1993, an Empire State Crafts Alliance Grant in 1995, an NYFA Grant in 1999 and the Anonymous Was a Woman... Read More
American sculptor Born and raised in Japan, Jun Kaneko moved to the United States to study ceramics. Not able to speak the language, he was forced to focus purely on the visual. His painting background is evident in his work, where his monolithic ceramic “dangos” (the Japanese word for dumpling) become three-dimensional, inflated canvases. Working primarily with... Read More
American ceramic sculptor. American ceramist Justin Novak received a BFA in Communications Design (Illustration) from the Pratt Institute, New York in 1983 and an MFA in 1996 from the State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz, where he taught from 1997-2000. He has been Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oregon, Eugene since 2000.... Read More
Austrian ceramist Austrian ceramist Gundi Dietz has become known for her figurative porcelain sculpture, mainly of the female figure. Each work is a sensitive character study. Dietz studied ceramics and sculpture under Professor Leinfellner at the University of Applied Art in Vienna from 1965–70. She has also worked with the Viennese Porcelain Manufactory in Augarten. She has... Read More
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