My Greenhouse Studio

My ceramic atelier’s really very very simple; actually just a small greenhouse in the backyard where I enjoy to modell vases and vessels – as long as there’s still a little sun and heat in the air.

It’s small and simple yes, yet an absolutely bliss to work here; listen to music, to an audiobook – or the almost soundless wave of the falling autumn leaves while my hands push, pull, and smooth the shape. And it’s always a bit of a surprise to see “what happens”. Will it come out as an ear, a kidney or just an open organic form?

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CODEX NORDICA

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Participating in the seventh CODEX book fair in California 2019 where focus will be on Nordic book art. 

My work “Now-Here” has just inrolled in CODEX NORDICA representing book artists from the Nordic countries: Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden. The project is organized by the artist’s network CODEX POLARIS that will also be present at the  the book fair’s symposium


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Presentation of Spor Kunsten

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A bold fernissage yesterday in Rå Hal – with lots of music, speeches, artists’ talks, a committed audience and an overall great atmosphere. Believe me, this is exactly how we dreamed it – and worked hard to accomplish.  A beautiful day – in the service of art!

And this is but the prelude. The actual OPEN STUDIOS doesn’t take place until next weekend = 6.-7. October. In other words, there’s still time to get yourself a catalog at Godsbanen or the local library – and plan a “tour”. You can also find information about the individual artists and their studios at www.sporkunsten.dk.

Hope to see you next weekend at Atelier G13 – Sunday & Sunday 11-17.

(Photos: Bjarne W Andresen)

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SPOR KUNSTEN – an Invitation

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Preparing SPOR KUNSTEN – the annual autumn weekend where local artists and crafters open their studios – and invite an interested audience to have a look of what’s “behind the scenes”.

Find us Friday 28/9 afternoon 16:16 at Rå Hal, Århus, where we’ll present all participating artists and their studios.

Get inspiration and tips for where to go, and what studios to visit. Plan your own “art-cruise” – maybe together with a friend a colleague or the art club where you work?!

Further information about the event here.

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Life Signs

Big dreams of an adventourous voyage burst a couple of weeks ago when the sailing ship Svartlöga went down into the English canal due to a sudden falling wind. A dangerous and dramatic experience where the crew, including my father, had to leave the sinking ship in open waters and swim in the ocean to their rescue fleet. Thank goodness, everyone was saved!

It was terrible Svartklöga went down. It had been a catastropy if the crew had gone down too. I’m sorry for the loss of ship and stuff – but deeply grateful everyone is alive and unharmed! That my dad exists and still has his time here on earth!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you to the universe, to the destiny, to King Neptune, the Dutch Coast Guard/ Rescue Service, to God – and who else has been involved. I happily include all high forces and powers in my thank you!

Everyone’s safely back home in Denmark now – along with various bits and pieces of wreckage. Some thing’re still missing. Some are total damaged. Something can be washed, dried, rescued. We have busy days here – almost sleeping with the boots on.

There is also much to be done on the mental and psychological level: the whole process of understanding the almost incomprehensible shipwreck. What happened? How could this big and strong sailing ship go down? It’s still hard to understand…

Svartlöga is brought to surface and out of the water by now –  awaits her further destiny. Hull, rigging, engine, all electrical installations are damaged – by the actual shipwreck, by scratching the bottom of the ocean for one week – and when the crane pulled her up and out of the water.

Fortunately the old sailor, my dad, is a cool guy. Temporarily accommodated here on G13 he’s working to get her identity back – literally – and on all levels.

The other day there we attended a meeting for the sailors  and friends of Svartlöga (both those who were on board at the shipwreck – and those who’d join later on the route). A new meeting will be held for anyone interested in visions, finances and a possible future for the wreck.

I’m just a spectator here from the sidelines – and of course, a practical assistant (sparring partner and restaurator) for my father and his stuff.

In between we collect the fallen apples, press juice and bake pies. It is autumn and time for harvest. What richness. The most beautiful apples sprinkle from my tree. 40 a day – at least.

Life is truly a miracle!

 

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From Soil

The summer, the long, light and the warm days’re still here – but everything has culminated. It is time to reap what we’ve sown of fruit, berries, cereals and vegetables. Barns and stock grow full.

It’s amazing when you think of it! But also something we (I) might have a tendency to “forget about”. Take for granted – where we (I) should be grateful. In fact it is fundamental for your life!

My installation “HØST – emerging from soil” is a tribute to the earth, the grain, the vitality of nature and the cycle of the year. We celebrated this yesterday by binding wreaths and talk about the cycles of life.

On display at hOLME kUNSTHAL till 15th September.

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Iceland

Back home from a wonderful week at Iceland with my artproject ARTMONEY NORD. We have two exhibitions simultaneously this fall – and so we’ve divided the works into two portions; one for Amtsbókasafnið á Akureyri and one for Bókasafns Reykjanesbæjar.

We had the most stunning road trip from Reykjavik to Akureyri at Eyjafjörður – through a wild and powerful landscape mainly created by ice and volcanoes.

Iceland, however, is not only a beautiful scenic landscape but also beautiful, wild and powerful women and men – named after völvur and heros from the Icelandic sagas. They all seem to have a lot of inner strength and stamina. Guess wind, weather and nature calls for this primordial force. At least that’s what I sensed in the artists, plant alchemists, skin tanners and seiðkona we met.

It’s been a great joy to see old friends again and meet new ones. Thanks to our Icelandic colleagues we were introduced to an abundance of original and skilled local artists, craftsmen, and their studios. And for events such as the annual Handverkshátíð at Akureyri, where we saw the most wonderful home spun and plant dyed wool and ended up buying yarn for both sweaters, socks and mittens. You’ll see me knitting in near future!

I also got serious crush on the concept of plant dyeing. Something I’ll try out as soon as I find a little free space in my calendars!

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