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    In a basement of a corner building in the colorful district Vesterbro in Copenhagen, Stinne and Nis Tyrrestrup has established the showroom of TYBO.

    Among pottery in clean Nordic design and natural colors inspired from ocean, earth and forest, Stinne (37) and Nis (47) have their shared creative office and among a turntable, a lot of records and also an old, tiled stove and a lathe, they have coffee together almost every morning. When they first met, Stinne was a student at the Royal Danish Design Academy and Nis was a musician touring most of the world with his bas.

    Me being a musician and touring a lot in periods, challenged our time to be together as a family, and Stinne and I often spoke about having a shared project or a business for us to work on together, Nis recalls.

    We are both from very creative families, so it is in our blood to create things. But we were in doubt, what our right thing would be - Stinne

    Coincidence was the perfect timing

    Coincidence was the perfect timing

    On a weekend trip to Stinnes father Hans’ place in Djursland, they played with their two girls and some Raku clay.

    It is such a cozy thing for us to do as a family, when we are at my dads’ place. He has been a potter his entire life and was crafted by his mum, who got divorced to start her own business as a potter many years ago, so to unite the three generations with our hands in clay is unique quality time to us, Stinne explains.

    Stinne and Nis’ friends suddenly started to ask, where they had bought the pottery. And at the same time, her dad turned 65 and was about to retire. But he was really not ready for it.

    My dad has as a self-employed potter tried it all. Through the 80’ies, where clay was hot, through the 90’ies where all became glass and steel and went from 24 workshops to 3 in a very short time. And I honestly believe, he had run out of ideas to reinvent his business. Because no one can question, he is one of the best at it, when he sits on the lathe.

    But Nis and Stinne had some ideas, which turned out to extend Hans’ working life.

    Stinne created an Instagram account, and she put some photos of the pottery on it, and out of nowhere dealers approached us and asked, if they could have our pottery in their businesses, Nis explains.

    Both their carriers were going great, not much time spent together as a family, but that was the reality of their family life. But they both missed some more time together. How do you find the courage to change your life dramatically.

    As the business started to grow, Stinne had to have a hard talk with her dad. The business had come to a point, where it was not a nice family project anymore, but a cause of conflict instead, as they wanted different things with the design and glaze of the pottery.

    I had to have a difficult adult conversation with my dad, as it was important for me to ensure, that we were on the same page, and most importantly, that it had to be fun to run the business together, and we needed to speak nice to each other. My relation to my father was the most important, and I was not willing to gamble with that, Stinne says.

    The call ended without a closure, but both Stinne and Nis believes, it was a new beginning and the start of the success for TYBO.

    The next time we called your father, we were aligned in a way. I cannot really explain it, but it changed for the better. We have the deepest respect for his unique skills of pottery handcraft, and as we started to sell lots of pottery, he found out, that we have good design skills, Nis smiles.

    He surrendered to the success of all our joint creative skills, Stinne smiles and adds: Now we can do a drawing and send it to him, and then two hours later, he sends a picture back with guidelines on, what is possible with clay as a material, that is just fantastic, Stinne adds with an even bigger smile.

    Priorities changed right there – at that moment

    Priorities changed right there – at that moment

    At the end of a tour, Nis suddenly got a cerebral hemorrhage, and his life and career was changed in a finger flick. It is now four years ago, and I was lucky. My cerebral hemorrhage was located at one of the best possible places, but it was rough, Nis recalls.

    From that one second his life was no longer the same. He was torn out of his career as a touring musician, and instead he spent a lot of time in rehab recovering.

    It took a couple of years to feel like myself again. As soon as I could, I went to the rehearsal studio and had my bass back in my hands, and that felt good. I am very fortunate, Nis says and adds: Getting better, I realized, that I had Suddenly lost my identity, and I was sort of thrown of my career train, while it was still rumbling. But I was ready for it.

    For Stinne and Nis it was a difficult time, but also a time in their life, where they for the first time had time to be a family. And Stinnes dad came to help.

    Having the shop was amazing because I could put my energy in to it. I used the lathe to rehabilitate, and Stinnes dad was amazing, Nis recalls, and Stinne adds: Since I do not have a driving license, my dad took us everywhere. He moved in and helped us so much. He was truly there for us and spent a lot of time teaching Nis to use the lathe.

    The family business has made the family even closer, and their reflection tells, that if you focus on the sun that follows rain. When something serious like this happens, it always brings something good with it, if you focus on it, and I am a better place now in my life, even if it was a harsh way to get here, Nis says. It certainly sets some priorities straight, Stinne adds.

    We have time together. The two of us. And with our kids. That is the most important thing - Nis

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