Twin brothers and cofounders Eric Landon and Justin Landon were born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1976. They established Tortus Copenhagen in Denmark in 2012, a pottery studio dedicated to making modern adaptations of centuries-old techniques. Its handmade ceramic vessels are influenced by the early masters of Scandinavian pottery, and visually celebrate both the hand of the maker and the traditional manual process.
Eric Landon is the studio’s master potter. He studied economics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1988. He moved to Copenhagen in 1999, and went on to earn his Bachelor’s (2005) and Master’s degrees (2007) in product design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design. His work is collected internationally.
Justin Landon studied graphic design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and moved to Hamburg, Germany in 2001. He heads Tortus’s business, public relations, and sales. Prior to the launch of Tortus, he was a creative in the German advertising industry; he has earned awards from the likes of Cannes Lions, the Art Directors Club, and D&AD.
Tortus’s work is included in a variety of institutions and galleries, including the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea; New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, Taiwan; Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy; and the Museum of International Ceramic Art, Middelfart, Denmark.