European Ceramic Context 2014 at Bornholm

Education and students

The school of Design’s department for Craft - Glass and Ceramics at the island of Bornholm in Denmark plays a central role, when the European Ceramic Context 2014 kicks off on 13 September 2014. The Ceramics Biennale, which is held for the sixth time, brings together 30 European countries for exhibitions, conferences and master classes.

Eneida Tavares Caruma

Bornholm - the heart of European glass and ceramics

Through comprehensive exhibitions, master classes and lectures, an opportunity will arise to discuss and present the best of contemporary European ceramics today.

This event is motivated by a desire to promote the disciplines and trades of glass and ceramic art at European and global levels. Through this event we aim to cover the topic and show an overview of contemporary European glass and ceramics with changing biannual exposure.

2 extensive exhibitions present the best of contemporary European ceramics

2 wide-ranging exhibitions will show the work of 95 artists from 30 European countries. A national commissioner appointed by the organizers has nominated artists in each country for participation.

The exhibition categories are: European Ceramic Art for work made by professional and established artists within the field of ceramic art. New talent, this category is for emerging professional ceramic artists under the age of 35 years.

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Master classes: Materiality - Body as a tool

Materiality - Body as a tool – Ceramic heritage as matter, is the title of this master class taught by Dutch artist Alexandra Engelfriet. This master class will take place at the deserted grounds of Hasle Tile Factory. Historically, Bornholm has been the Danish center of ceramics for centuries.

In the 18th century many ceramic factories came to existence on Bornholm due to the abundant supply of natural resources for ceramic production. The class will be centered around the left over piles of local clay, situated next to the two beautiful dilapidated drying barns that were once used for drying tiles.

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The conference: Materiality - The values of matter and making

Clay is a common material. It has endless versatility and usability, from functional ware to a matter that has the ability to transform artistic ideas with its material tactility.

This conference will focus on materiality, thinking through materials, craftsmanship and why making is important to being human. 

Keynote speaker is Carsten Friberg (DK) is a philosopher with research in atmosphere and aesthetic

experiences with materials, Namita Gupta Wiggers (US) is a curator, writer, educator, and museum consultant, Joakim Borda-Pedreira (NO) is an art historian and art critic living in Norway. He recently co-edited the book Materiality Matters for Norwegian Crafts. Alexandra Engelfriet (NL) has worked for more than twelve years with materials from the earth that can be kneaded and shaped including silt, clay, sand, loam, earth and snow. Mårten Medbo (SE) is a doctoral student at HDK, University of Gothenburg and will talk about Clay based language / communication. Helen Marton (UK) is a Senior Lecturer of Ceramics - Contemporary Crafts BA (Hons) Falmouth University and will talk about Ceramic Resonance and Site Specificity.

> Read more about the conference

Anne Wenzel Damaged-Goods
Eneida Tavares Caruma
Koulla Kalvari
Peder Rasmussen
Torbjørn Kvasbø

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