The hands-on program gives students, teachers, and researchers a chance to develop their design understanding by working on the visualization of projects from the conception of an idea to its manifestation and presentation.

our program

During this workshop, students are instructed in the use of machines and tools, and they will receive training in the properties and processing of certain materials. We believe that knowledge of your tools and materials will advance your practice and help you take advantage of the utensils you have at hand.

Program II – Hands-on Scandinavian design

Symposium frame:

  • 2 weeks duration
  • 10-14 students
  • 1-2 professors

During this program, students will receive an introduction to model and mould making in the 21st century, with a focus on Nordic and Scandinavian design and the properties that have come to characterize this school of design: serenity, functionality, and pure aesthetics.

Students will develop tools for mapping their process from manufacturing and production to finished products. During the workshop, we strive to mature their skill sets for design software. Utilizing both 3D design software, and our on-site 3D printer, as well as practical hands-on model and mold making, students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in design aesthetics and product design from various angles. We will be using all of Guldagergaard’s facilities and the workshop includes instruction in the jigger jolly and our templates.

This program will include a mini-workshop in 3D printing as well as in model and mold making. Students will have an opportunity to learn to understand and use new mediums and materials, and they will be exposed to a wide variety of design tools and design styles available to them as they move into their careers as designers.


What to expect?

Master classes:
We believe inspiration, input, dialogue and network are vital parts of strengthening artistic development and stepping stones on the way to establishing a professional practice. We, therefore, invite two inspiring and stimulation Guest Lecturer, who will speak about Contemporary Scandinavian design and ceramics. These artists and designers are selected for their reputation and experience in Denmark, and they will be recognized internationally for their significant contributions to the field.

Studio collection:
Guldagergaard houses the largest collection of ceramics in Northern Europe. Our distinctive and varied collection provides students with the opportunity to become familiar with an exceptional collection of notable ceramics. You will be taken on an exclusive tour of the facilities and through the Collection with the Director of Guldagergaard, Mette Marcher.

Guldagergaard was thoroughly renovated in 2012, and the center now offers state-of-the-art facilities with well-equipped studios for all participants. Professors and students will have access to all the equipment and kilns on-site, and everyone is encouraged to experiment and explore in order to acquire new knowledge about Danish aesthetics and to develop your practice. The symposium will give you a jumping off point for realizing new trends in the expression of your personal work. Read more about the studios here.

Included in your residency at Guldagergaard is accommodation in the historic manor house, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Through many years, it was one of Denmark’s most significant fruit farms, but in 1997, the international and experimental artist group Clay Today took over the facilities and created a sanctuary for ceramic artists, where they could explore and prosper.

Museums and galleries – a world of opportunities:
We encourage all participants to take excursions around Denmark to explore the extraordinary museums, galleries, and studios of Danish designers. Your two-week program will include an exclusive itinerary that will bring you to major museums and galleries in Denmark as well as visits to some of Denmark’s most important and outstanding artists and designers. The Guldagergaard staff will of course also be able to give you recommendations and guidance as to transportation, costs, sights, etc.


Professors: Free

Students: Base Price: 8,200 DKK ($1,370 USD) for 2-week session

The price includes: Housing and studio + specified materials, an exclusive tour of the Guldagergaard grounds and ceramic collection with Director Mette Marcher, 2 master classes with Guest Lectures and studio visits to Danish artists and designers as well as a mini-workshop in 3D printing or mold and model making.

**specified materials include: 12 kilos of clay, 5 kilos of plaster, 1 bisque & 1 glaze firing, pre-mixed glaze materials.

Additional options for 2-week sessions:
+ 800 DKK ($130 USD) – 2 museum excursions + train travel
+ 2,000 DKK ($380 USD) – catered meals (200 DKK per day/person)
+ 3,500 DKK ($660 USD) – during a 2-week session we can provide an extra visiting artist lecture or mini-workshop, and 2 museum excursions + train travel associated with programs

All-inclusive price: 14,500 DKK ($2,300 USD)
This fee includes: Housing and Studio, exclusive tour of Guldagergaard grounds and the ceramic collection with Director Mette Marcher, specified materials, 2 visiting artist lectures and 1 workshop in: plaster and mold making, 3D printing, or print techniques on clay, 3 catered group meals, excursions to 2 museums + train travel + an exclusive itinerary to studios and design workshops in Copenhagen and Kolding.



The Manor house has a fully equipped kitchen for the Professors and Students to use. We provide refrigerators and shelves for the participants to store their food and snacks. There are 2 options for meals:

For more information about our University Programs:

Option 1:
Participants will make their own breakfasts and lunches at meal breaks and have a specific place to have their personal food items.

For the evening meal, residents of the house will rotate as “Chef of the Day” and cook once a week for the rest of the house creating a cozy atmosphere of idea exchange and camaraderie over shared dinners. Past residents of Guldagergaard often cite this as one of their favorite memories of their time here.

Option 2:
Another option for participants is to pre-order all meals with a catering company at an extra cost, alleviating any need to cook or prepare meals. The catered meals will be delivered to Guldagergaard for the participants to enjoy.

Meal breaks can be scheduled by Professors with the staff at Guldagergaard, and we will be sure to have meals delivered at appropriate meal times.

All participants are encouraged to feel at home in the Manor House which they will be staying in. All rooms are well equipped with modern furniture and attention to Scandinavian design aesthetics. We are pleased to feature Arne Jacobsen furniture in the dining room and living areas.