from the annual meeting in The Georg Jensen Society Saturday August 31, 2002.
The meeting took place in Raadvad,
Georg Jensenís birthplace and childhood town, 15 kilometers north of
Copenhagen, and forester Klaus Waage Soerensen guided the members through
Raadvad. He told all about itís history, and he showed us the places, that had
influenced Georg Jensen so heavily: the file factory, the schoolhouse, and the
nature around Raadvad, in particular the large alder moor. We were fortunately
gifted with very nice weather.
The annual meeting itself took
place in the teaching facilities next to the crafts factories.
1. Election of the meetingís
chairman and recording secretary.
Pia Georg Jensen was chosen as
chairman, and Ellis Tauber-Lassen as recording secretary.
2. Establishment of whether a due
notice of the meeting has been given.
Notice was given August 5, 02,
which is sufficient.
3. Report from the committee.
The work and the activities the
previous year have all followed the short- and long-sighted plans.
The first issue of our journal -
Georg Jensen Magazine - was published in may 02. The board had considered
several possible different formats and designs of the journal, but we decided to
produce it as an electronic magazine, which every member can print out from the
homepage www.gjsilver.org. This has advantages: It is easy to distribute; we can
use links in the articles (which we are working on but has not yet finished);
the photographic material can be reproduced in a very high quality; and the
production costs are quite low. But it has also disadvantages: The journal is
not as easily available and visible as if it was printed; it takes quite some
time and a powerful PC to print it out. We will continue to publish it in the
electronic form, and we are working on no. 2, which we hope to publish this
There were surprisingly few
responses when we sent a CD-ROM of the magazine to journalists on newspapers
etc. Next time we will send printed out versions to the journalists, so it will
be more readily available.
Our home page www.gjsilver.org has
grown during the past year, but it is still far from what we have planned it to
be. We have had some technical problems (they seem to have been solved now). We
have also discussed whether we should make some parts of the web page available
for members only by introducing a password, but we have decided that all parts
of the web-page will be available to anyone, but the print-versions of the Georg
Jensen Magazine will not be on the home page but will be sent to all members -
so only the screen versions can be found on the web-site. The board will
intensify the work to make the home page a useful and important website.
Our long-sighted plans refer to
year 2004 - the 100th anniversary of Georg Jensenís silversmithy.
In March and April we will present an exhibition of Georg Jensenís artistic
development up until the opening of the Silversmithy 1904, that is: his
production as sculptor and potter, as well as his earliest works in silver. In
addition it will present a number of his later works from the 1920s and 1930th.
We have already made arrangements to borrow a number of works, that have never
before been exhibited, so we think the exhibition will be worth visiting, also
for tourists. We will also publish a book about Georg Jensenís art until 1904,
to be followed by books about he later career. A group that is working with the
coordination of these activities has been formed. If other members wish to
participate in these activities, please let us know!
The board is to pick to
professional members of the Society besides silversmith Mogens Bjoern-Andersen.
We are negotiating with 2 extremely qualified persons at the moment.
The work in the Society is done in
peoples spare times, and therefore it is not always moving as fast as we all
wish it to.
4. Presentation of account.
The accounts are not ready yet, due
to delays from the chairman, but it will be mailed to the members shortly.
5. Eventually elections for the
None on election.
6. Election of auditor for the
Jens Joergen Jensen was chosen with
7. Any other business.
The afternoon ended with the film
ďGeorg Jensen SilverĒ. It is a documentary about Georg Jensenís
silversmith, produced in 1938 and showing the production from drawing to
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