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Every morning between seven and eight o'clock, Christian A. Petersen makes his round of the three brickworks that belong to Petersen Tegl, saying 'good morning' to all the workers and talking with many of them. The photographer Anders Sune Berg accompanied him one morning in February.
While they fetch the red clay a few kilometres away from the brickworks, the blue clay is located just a few metres away.
The clay procedure has not changed since 1791.
The first step in the process involves transporting the clay to large rollers that crush the stones in the clay.
The clay is run for pugging on long conveyor belts.
In a large pugging plant, the clay is processed and water and steam are added.
It is then transported onwards to the machines that mould the bricks.
At Petersen Tegl, they have constructed their own large machines, which replicate the way in which bricks are made by hand. This engenders the bricks’ uniformly non-uniform look.
The numerous machines require constant supervision and also regularly need repairs and maintenance, carried out by the smiths from the brickworks' three forges.
Christian A. Petersen and employees.
On his round, Christian A. Petersen endeavours to check on all the processes in the brickworks and attempts to greet all the nearly 100 workers.
The hole in the centre of the brick ensures that brick gets dried right inside its core.
After the bricks have been moulded, they are dried for three whole days in a drying chamber. In this process, each brick loses about the same quantity of liquid as in a common wine bottle.
After drying, the bricks are loaded onto the carts, which drive them through the tunnel furnace.
Petersen Tegl is one of the few brickworks in Europe to fire its bricks using coal, which gives them their distinctive, varied colouring.
The bricks are fired in the tunnel furnace at a temperature of approximately 1060 degrees. The bricks spend two whole days on the carts that run on rails through the 80-metre-long furnace.
Due to the firing technique, in addition to the distinctive burnt shades of the bricks, there may be variations in size and cracks and deformations. But they make no impact on the bricks' durability.
A team of six to seven people inspects and mixes the bricks before they leave the brickworks. That means that all pallets arrive ready for construction on the construction site.
Regardless of the weather, the route of just under 800 metres between the three brickworks that belong to Petersen Tegl is completed on foot by Christian A. Petersen all year round.
A production line where four workers are handmaking Kolumba bricks.
The handmade Kolumba bricks are made by throwing a wet lump of clay into a wooden mould and then pressing the clay by hand into the mould.
The excess clay is scraped off.
A gentle press of the thumbs pushes the Kolumba brick out of the wooden mould and onto a metal sheet.
After moulding, the Kolumba bricks with their characteristic thumb prints are sent for drying prior to being fired.
The Kolumba brick was developed in collaboration between Petersen Tegl and the Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor.
Varying temperatures during firing give the bricks their diverse textures and beautiful shades.
The Kolumba bricks are thoroughly inspected before being packed and shipped.
Along with the production of the different bricks, we experiment with different types of clay and firing methods. The brickworks always endeavours to accommodate any collaborator's wish for a particular appearance in a brick in terms of shape or hue.
In 1991, when the brickworks were entrusted with the task of making moulded bricks for the renovation of the main entrance to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, a special department for special moulded bricks was set up. It later became known as Tivoli. Ever since, Petersen Tegl have been supplying specially moulded bricks for countless building projects.
Production of special bricks.
The handmade special bricks are made by throwing and pressing a wet lump of clay into a wooden mould and then carefully removing the mould, leaving behind a sharp imprint of the geometric shapes.
The brickworks' carpentry workshop manufactures all the wooden moulds, including the moulds for Kolumba bricks.
In addition to moulded bricks, Tivoli is responsible for glazing bricks for special projects. Both moulded bricks and the standard range are glazed.
Occasionally, Tivoli works with artists. Per Arnoldi, an old friend of the Petersen family, recently made some terracotta jars at the brickworks.
Next to the Tivoli department, two bricklayers are busy constructing sample walls and sample boards for customers and exhibitions.
The ship 'Emma' has belonged to the Petersen family since 1970. She was built in 1931 and was then registered at Læsø under the name of 'Jumbo'. Today, the ship is under the command of captain Mikael Dorow.
Every year, Petersen Tegl welcomes hundreds of visitors. Sometimes visits are followed by lunch onboard the ship Emma, which is moored at the brickworks.