From August 15th to October 1st 2016
“In 2009 I heard Kim Dickey’s presentation at NCECA in Arizona.
Kim’s presentation was about special childhood memory about gardens that we all share. I have often thought about Kim’s words – and I believe she is right: we all have memories about a special garden from our childhood. My childhood memory about one specific garden, was the amazing garden adjoined to the backyard of my parents’ house. The house itself was hidden behind some tall trees and was only seen very little. The house seemed magical; huge, white and seemingly abandoned as we never saw the residents.
In the same time, I think that most of us have memories regarding specific fairy tales. My favourite one as a child (and also as an adult along with the story about Harry Potter) was ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
For many years I imagined that this must have been the magic garden from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – I imagined how the hares on the other side of my parents’ hedge turned into the white rabbit with a waistcoat and a watch. From our backyard you could just catch a glimpse of a small pond surrounded by hollow trees. I could almost see Alice sitting under those trees.
I remember that I have spent hours in our own backyard, fantasizing about all the magical incidents happening on the other side of the hedge. Today, as an adult, I don’t just believe that magical things are happening in that garden – I know they are. Because that magical garden is the Guldagergaard Park.
Therefore I am very pleased to announce the 2016 symposia with ALICE IN WONDERLAND with prominent invited guest artists such as Paul Scott, Marlene Hartmann Rasmussen, Stephen Bowers, Richard Shaw, Jim Cooper, Sten Lykke Madsen, Mara Superior, Alexandra Jelleberg, Better Lübbert, and Lillemor Petersen.”
Mette Blum Marcher,
Paul Scott is a Cumbrian based artist with a diverse practice and an international reputation. He has visited Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center many times, and one of his beautiful pieces decorates the wonderful Sculpture Park around Guldagergaard. He is well known for his research into printed vitreous surfaces, as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic.
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen
Malene is a Danish artist living and working in London. She studied at the Royal Academy Design School, Denmark and the Royal College of Art, London. In 2015 she won the prestigious Jerwood Makers Open and she has recently been nominated for the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize and the Carter Preston Prize. Her ceramics demonstrate not only exceptional technical skill but also a unique creative vision that bends the perception of what is real.
Sten Lykke Madsen
Sten Lykke Madsen was born in 1937 and graduated from The School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1958. He has been employed at Kähler and since became the head of design at Bing & Grøndahl, later known as Royal Copenhagen. His work is a tribute to the imagination, and his pieces show a wonderful world of fabulous creatures, dreams, and humor. Sten Lykke Madsen is a regular at Guldagergaard, where he normally lives and works 7-8 months a year.
Lillemor Peterson studied as a ceramic artist at the Art Industrial School (HDK) in Gothenburg 1951-56 and at the Art School of Fine Arts in 1957. After graduation, she spent a few years in Spain, and then she opened her own studio in Gothenburg 1960-65. She lives and works in Ödsmål. She has worked with bricks, terracotta, bronze and stoneware, and she has been a designer at Rörstrands porcelain and professor at the Department of Ceramics and Glass at Konstfack in Stockholm 1994-2000.
Mara Superior lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, and is co-owner of Pinch Pottery in Northhampton. She attended Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford from 1970-71, graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1975, and has studied at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she earned a MAT in Ceramics in 1980. Mara’s work pulls from historical, political, and social experiences.
Born in Hollywood in 1941, ceramic artist Richard Shaw moved to the Bay Area in the sixties to study at the San Francisco Art Institute and University of California, Davis, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees. Richard Shaw has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions since 1967, and his work is included in several major museum collections. Humor and irreverence play a large role in Shaw’s work, and his ceramic sculptures have the power to both amuse and amaze.
Bowers became involved in ceramics while working as an art teacher in regional South Australia in the late 1970s. He pursued his interest through a traineeship in the JamFactory’s ceramics workshop in Adelaide in 1982. His pieces are laced with irony, quotation, inference, creative play and cultural cross-dressing, underpinned by an extensive knowledge and curiosity about ceramic traditions.
Alexandra Jelleberg works as the Program Director for Project Art, Associate for Ferrin Contemporary, and as an artist for Alexandra Jelleberg Studio. Originally from North Dakota, Alexandra now lives in Cummington, Massachusetts. Alexandra’s work is a mixture of figuration and abstraction; she creates abstract and biomorphic works in clay, blending the body with the landscape in her sculptures.
New Zealand ceramic artist Jim Cooper studied ceramics at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 1984 and 1989, and completed a Masters of Fine Arts there in 1999.Cooper won first place in the Norsewear Art Awards in 2006 for his work Snowy from Cavy, he was named joint winner of the Portage Ceramic Awards in 2009 and was awarded the Premier Award in 2012 for his 30-piece installation Millbrook Holiday (the League for Spiritual Discovery). His ceramic sculptures push clay to its absolute limits while adhering to and confirming his fine art intent.