I am a Norwegian based ceramic artist specialising in decorative vessels and large ceramic wall installations. I work with both coarse crank and smooth porcelain, and my use of glazes are limited to a soft natural palette with the occasional use of pure local Antiparos squid-ink. The creative process is based on inspiration from nature, and I often collect and recycle what nature has discarded or what has been in contact with earth over time.
I am concerned about our interference with nature, and I often use natural materials together with my ceramics – weathered driftwood, shells and stones.
The aesthics of nature is superior and I try to arrange an earth-dialogue, to present and twist the obvious.
All my ceramic objects are hand made with simple tools, and I often leave the marks from the tools visible as a reminder of the creative process.
After many years as a professional designer in the advertising industry, I decided to change diretion and graduated in 2008 with a Master Degree in Ceramic Art from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

I hope my work will be a gentle reminder of nature, in both tactility and form.


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2014 – PPU, Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus
2012 – 2014 Postgraduate Certificate in Education
2006 – 2008 Master i Visuell Kunst, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, KHiO
2004 – 2006 Bachelor i Keramisk Kunst, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, KHiO
1984 – 1987 Bachelor (Hons.) Graphic Design, London College of Printing
1979 – 1981 Examen Artium, Persbråten Gymnas

2010 / 2011 Arbeidsstipend fra Kunsthåndverkernes Fond
2010 Reisestipend NK
2010 Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten, i.f.m sep.utstilling RAM
2010 Norsk Kulturråd, i.f.m sep.utstilling RAM
2008 UD/NK, i.f.m gruppeutstilling v. Baltic Art Biennale, St. Petersburg

2017 ANTI ART Gallery Antiparos (17.– 30. juni)
2009 RAM Galleri

2012 Østlandsutstillingen, Galleri F15 Moss, Stadtgalerie im Elbeforum Brunsbüttel, Tyskland
2010 Kunstbanken, Hedmark Kunstsenter
2009 Østlandsutstillingen, (Skårer, Vestfossen, Berlin)