Per Weiss, ceramicist, born April 30, 1953 in Frederiksværk. Died 2023.
He trained at the School of Applied Arts in the 1970s and during a leave of absence with the Japanese master ceramist Yosiga Taibi. From 1979-86 Per Weiss ran his own workshop Weiss Gama in Hagi, Japan. He was the first Westerner to be admitted to the Japanese Academy's annual prestigious exhibition Nineteen, an unconditional honor.
In the beginning, Per Weiss worked with characteristic light Hagi glazes, ranging from yellow to pink to light apricot, later with strongly colored, nuanced glazes. In recent works, such as the hand-turned giant pots, the form and material of the decoration is emphasized with undulating lines on an unglazed, light background. Combining the Japanese ceramic tradition with a raku technique he developed himself, Per Weiss creates his own personal ceramic craftsmanship - primarily in the form of large hand-thrown pots with geometric patterns and twisted ornaments - and usually always with a meditative approach.
Per Weiss was responsible for decorations in Roskilde Cathedral (convent house), VUC Sønderjylland, Haderslev, PBS Lautrupparken, Ballerup. Tønder Bank, Oticon and RUC. He is represented in several national and international museums.