Ivan Holst Nielsen was one of the better-known, and one of the most promising artisans to come out of the Danish school during the 60s and 70s. And then he stopped making pipes, for many, many years. Finally, in 2008, he returned... and yet, then, as far as I can tell, stopped again. This is a bit frustrating, no doubt, to collectors familiar with his work: it's simply great, as can be seen in this birdseye-flanked bent Egg, sporting a readily recognizable Danish profile, yet also the kind of balanced asymmetry normally associated with Japanese artisans when viewed from front-to-back, or from above. It's great, and, unfortunately due to the on-again-off-again course of his career, it's also very hard to find compared to the work of most of his similarly-skilled contemporaries.
- Eric N. Squires