Programme I

Scandinavian and Nordic design has become known for its serene, minimal aesthetic and innovative approach to creating pieces of simplistic elegance. There is a focus on light, quality, sustainability and functionality, and this tradition continues in contemporary Nordic design today.

During this two weeks long symposium, you will explore and understand how this approach to design is translated into ceramic crafts; how aesthetics and functionality form a synthesis that leads to innovation and creation.

Programme I – Scandinavian Ceramics


Symposium frame:

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


In this programme, we expect that both students and professors will come away with a willingness to take risks with their work; to challenge the comfort zone of preconceived ideas about the physical appearance of ceramics, the use of materials as well as the cultural role of contemporary crafts.


All University Programmes at Guldagergaard can be adapted according to need, and they can be placed at any time of year.


The programme is for all Universities and Art Institutions. It is a specialised symposium at Guldagergaard – International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, which provides students and professors with a unique opportunity to get an in-depth experience of Scandinavian design and aesthetics. During the two weeks, the group will dive into the long history and high quality of Danish ceramic practices. Students will come away from their Scandinavian experience infused with new ideas and inspiration.





Master classes and collection


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 recognised internationally for their significant contributions to the field.


Studio collection:

Guldagergaard – ICRC 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. 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.

Studios and accommodation



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 realising 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. 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.





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: 7,200 DKK ($1,210 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.


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


Additional Options:
+ 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: 13,700 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. In these frames, there are 2 options for meals:




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 favourite 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.

International Ceramic Research Center

Heilmannsvej 31 A
DK-4230 Skælskør

T: +45 58 19 00 16