kickstart your career participate in wood-firer yair symposium

Guldagergaard is pleased to announce that we are inviting applications from emerging artists, who specialise in wood-firing techniques within their artistic practice, to participate in the second round of this unique opportunity.

The WFYAIR Symposium was created in 2018 with the aim of creating an experience that would enable emerging artists with a passion for wood-firing to work alongside other like-minded artists. The emphasis of the symposium is for participants to engage in dialogue and create a network with other young artists with a passion for wood-firing, who are looking to push the boundaries in order to create dynamic and thought provoking works with this ancient technique.

Participants are given the tools and support they need in order for them to collectively combine their skills, knowledge and techniques and to ultimately make the best use of our fantastic facilities.

The 9 participants from our 2018 event collectively fired almost all of the kilns available at Guldagergaard ICRC including Fred Olsen’s Cross Draft ‘Embla’ and Andres Allik’s ‘Babygama’.

The resulting pieces from these firings made for a powerful and dynamic final exhibition that was displayed in our Apple House Gallery.

The symposium celebrates and supports international exchange in order to ensure the future development of the ceramic arts. It provides a platform for recent graduates to forge invaluable international networks, which are essential in the development of their careers as Professional Artists.


Good to

Wood-firer YAIR participants pay a reduced residency fee of: 9,000 DKK. The fee includes accommodation in a shared room (single room with an extra charge of 1,000 DKK, if available), studio space, communal firing costs of the Embla (cross draft type kiln built by Fred Olsen) and Bourry Box kilns, wadding and 100 kg of stoneware clay.  

  • Each participant receives 6 catalogues in the end of the stay. It is possible to buy extra copies of the catalogues. 
  • Residents will cover their own living, travelling expenses, as well as additional firing and material costs. 
  • All participants will be asked to present their work by giving presentations.
  • Each participant will donate a body of work for the collection and another towards Guldagergaard gallery shop.
  • The recommended participants will apply through our website, and we accept letters of recommendation from the nominating educational institutions by email. 
  • 17th of August – 20th of September 2020 / 5 weeks

Application deadline 1st April 2020
For more information please write to Kiln Yard Technician Jan Christian Hvistendahl at jan@ceramic.dk




Exhibition, Catalogue, Press 

The Symposium culminates with an exhibition of the collective work in our Apple house Gallery. Participants are encouraged to curate the show themselves, under the guidance of our experienced staff, which is in itself a valuable experience.

We provide professional photography of the exhibited works, a full colour catalogue and publicity.

how it works

Participants live and work together at Guldagergaard ICRC for the duration of the 5 weeks. Alongside the development of their individual artistic practice they are encouraged to collaborate with one another as well as to initiate and engage in discussion and dialogue about their inspirations, making and firing techniques and experiences to date.

Participants are actively encouraged to give public talks and presentations about their work and they are encouraged to attend talks and demonstrations given by visiting international guest artists and experts in their field. It’s a unique opportunity to learn and to share information and provides participants with skills they require for a professional life in Ceramics.