Burning raku is always fascinating. The whole process of getting the fine tea bowls safely in – and out – of the redglowing oven, and further to the reduction in the bucket of sawdust that highlights characteristic fine crackles of the glaze is totally mesmerizing.
Might be that clothes and hair smells strongly afterwards, as if you’ve been sitting next to a campfire all day. But it is definitely worth it when your kitchen shelves burst with your own ceramic design.
My artistic way is constantly surprising me with new turns and twists. Recently this beautiful and solid graphics press (bought used, but in an almost indestructible quality) has found it’s way into my atelier.
I am not a graphic artist as such – but always happy to learn and to experiment. And this press definitely opens for a lot of new opportunities – not least in relation to the creation of artists’ books.
For a start I try out printing some leaves and flowers from the backyard.
Annual spring trip to Berlin – including a few new activities like a bike ride to Wannsee (to see Max Liebermann’s Villa and Hauz der Wannseekonferenz) – to an evening dedicated a ritual cleansing of body and soul in the Hamam of Kreuzberg (unfortunately not possible to take pictures – it was otherwise very evocative motifs – all these whole and half-naked women).
I’ve chosen a fairly relaxed and green track – spiced up with a few museum and gallery visits, Sunday flea markeds and the most serious 1. May demonstration I’ve ever attended.
I feel well stocked with new energy and inspiration and look forward to return home and implement some of the new ideas in my own garden and atelier!
Lovely days out with my kids. A pure spring and pleasure trip from London to Oxford by train, with an overnight stay included, and a close program of art and culture at the various museums, libraries, and the beautiful botanical garden. Everything in this university city is loaded with tradition, “britishness” and interwoven historic ambience.
We saw a lot – but also enjoyed more mundane pleasures such as high tea, a time out on top of the Ashmolean, sipping wine and elderflower gin at The Eagle & Child (the weekly meet-up place for Tolkien and The Inklings for more than 30 years) and a little jazz at The Mad Hatter.
Back home again now. The impressions slowly settle down. Especially I look foreward to start working in my own garden.
Have just been a few days at Samsø – a happy mixture of retreat, research – and winter holiday.
I’m in the process of planning an art project “Sans & Samling” together with a couple of good colleagues. 22.-30. June Samsø will not only be an island but a KUNST-Ø = Art Island. It started last year as an annual art and culture week: A colorful, experiential and inspiring meeting place for artists, craftsmen and others who are interested.
The project Sans & Samling will unfold both as an kunstbod /art project and a workshop at Langøre, a small and local harbor very convenient located close to my mother’s place.
See the presentation of participating artists, artist-in-work events, exhibitions, concerts, performances and workshops in the program here. (OBS: Program-in-progress = mpre to come)