Welcome to my first blog post from Guldagergaard, the International Ceramics Research Center, Denmark. This blog will chart the progress of my month long residency here and the work it generates.
I arrived in Copenhagen on Sunday and travelled south to Guldagergaard through sunshine and a distinctive palette of matt blacks, sparkling whites and vivid ochres, greys and reds. These colour combinations are very striking and will make a beautiful starting point for some glaze tests later in my stay.
At the Center I am surrounded by ceramic artists from around the world, all sharing ideas and experience. It’s a wonderful atmosphere and as I arrange my favourite tools that have travelled from the UK with me, I begin to feel at home.
One of the main ambitions I have for my time here is to substantially increase the size of my hybrid vessels forms. The first stage to achieving this is creating a customised plaster mould about 65cm wide and 45cm tall to form the bottom section of my pieces. With the help of talented studio technician Harriet, we fashion a wood and plaster extension to the current whirler dimensions. Forming the large plaster model begins tomorrow – I’ll report progress in my next post.