During this workshop, you will get the unforgettable experience of the camaraderie built around wood firing and experience the wealth that the wood firing culture has to offer.
Wood firing and wood-fired kilns have always been an essential part of Guldagergaard’s identity. Since the foundation in 1997, our kiln yard has been expanded by kiln masters like Fred Olsen, Robert Sanderson, Andres Allik, Masakazu Kusakabe, and Hendrik Schöne. Furthermore, Guldagergaard continuously explores the field of creating fire sculptures, in the spirit of the late Nina Hole.
Program III – Aesthetic wood-firing, the Scandinavian style
- 2 weeks duration
- 10-14 students
- 1-2 professors
This unique program will introduce your students to the various styles of atmospheric firings, and during your stay, we will further a discussion of the historical significance and contribution these types of firings provide within the context of the 21st century.
The Guldagergaard Kilns
Guldagergaard is unique in that we have the largest variety of kilns available at one facility in Europe. Students will be able to experiment and acquire a taste for the Anagama, Soda, and Bourry Box style of firing, and they will gain an insight into the very specific and often surprising effects these types of firings have. In Scandinavia, atmospheric firings have a delicacy and sophistication that is unlike any other place. During this program, students will be able to learn more about what makes Scandinavian ceramics so special, and how to capture some of the magic that atmospheric firings provide.
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What to expect?
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, have a comprehensive database of glaze tests and recipes for students to try in the Soda and Wood Kilns to create their own language through surface and design. Students will have access to our Technical Staff who are well versed in the kilns on campus and can provide information and tutorials regarding the Soda, Bourry Box, and Anagama Kilns.
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. This includes numerous wood and soda firing artists, and a vast number of interesting and beautiful surfaces to look at. While on campus, professors and students will have access to, and interaction with, the full variety of the Guldagergaard Ceramics Collection. 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.
Accommodation is included in the manor house, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. 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. For 20 years, the manor house as made artists from all over the world feel at home, and we are sure you will be happy here too.
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.
Students: Base Price: 7,800 DKK ($1,300 USD) for 2-week session
The price includes: Housing, studio space + and 2 group firings, an exclusive tour of the Guldagergaard grounds and ceramic collection with Director Mette Marcher, full access to our research database and the kiln yard.
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 2 visiting artist lectures or 1 mini-workshop, and 2 museum excursions + train travel associated with programs.
All-inclusive: 13.700 DKK 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, full access to our research database and the kiln yard, 2 visiting artist lectures or 1 workshop in: plaster and mould 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:.
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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.
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.