Oh Oak is Danish ceramics for everyday use, handmade by ceramicist Sarah Oakman. No two objects are the same and everything is produced locally in her studio in Nexø on the island of Bornholm, Denmark.
Inspired by nature and the Nordic color tones, ceramicist Sarah Oakman creates functional objects with a focus on tactile surfaces and the imprint of the hand. The rough coastline of Bornholm, that rises from the Baltic Sea with its dramatic granite rocks. The thunder of the waves crashing against the cliffs. The endless beaches of white sand with coarse grass and soft dunes that fall like heavy blankets over the landscape. The way the sand tickles your skin on a windy autumn day. The dark forest in the dusk, the feeling of the cold humid air you breathe and the way the sound of your steps disappear in the soft moss.
The materials are high fired stoneware and porcelain, and especially the surface of the ceramics fascinates Sarah. It is the first meeting between the hardness of the object and the softness of the skin, that holds her attention. The tactile detail of the glaze, the small but considerable difference between rough and smooth.
It is Sarah's intention to create objects that make you want to touch and want to keep. We sense with our whole bodies, and the expectation that is built up by the sight is released by the touch of the skin.
See all of her beautiful work here
Pictures by Maya Matsurra