While traveling I go to as many markets as I posible can. I love the interaction with people, exploration of new sites and sounds. But more and more our world is getting smaller. We all choose Ikea furnature and the same hat made in China, is avalable at every other market stall.
To find original, hand crafted pieces, “work having soul” as Chandini put it, (see artist below). I need to explore deeper. In all the mass produced objects, I am reminded of why I love hand crafted things, they have a soul. I hand touch each piece, forming with presence, love, attention and feeling. All other artist who are hand crafting their own work give of themselves in each piece. While walking around Copenhagan there are 2 big Christmas markets in the center of town, all selling the same goods on a mass level. Evey 3 stalls the same. Luckily I did some research and found the Christiania Jule Marked, in Grey Hall. The space was alive with people and music, food and laughter. There are booths of hand crafts from around the world and some massed produced things, but not many. Each booth is created and manned by the artist for 13 days (I usually want to die after 3 days). I do not know how they have the stamina.
It was a highlight of my trip. Sitting sipping coffee and having a cookie, talking to my neighbor at the table. Who also was sporting a new red hat! I had just bought a red hat too. I wish I had a photo. He was sitting with his elderly mother as his brothers, sisters and nieces all shopped. We had such a fun conversation about how he went to burning man to make an art piece and where he lived west coast. One of the things I love about traveling alone, people are more willing to open up and chat. A lovely afternoon of connection and art.
Grey Hall is an amazing timber fram building, industrial and beautiful, there are about 100 stalls.
Lilian Alder, a potter has a studio in Copenhagan. I love her attention to detail and whimsy. She had writes each business card, for each person who asks for one. She is on instagram at lilianalder and lilianalder.dk
Chandini is the next Potter I connected with, She moved to a small Island 1.5 hours south of the city Mon. Playful and fun- you can find her at chandini.dk Her card says “For Special Appreciation of our daily lives” I get great joy is drinking and eating out of hand crafted pieces.
I also stumbled on a flower market. So beutiful the colors and textures. Lovely