Why I don’t have a bucket list

While researching Skane province of Sweden where Hoganas is located, I kept seeing pictures of tall wooden scaffolded towers on a rocky beach. Off and on for thirty years scaffolded towers have appeared in my art, so I was immediately curious. At first I thought it was just some random Google issue but finally learned…

Keramisk 

We were the first car to arrive at the ferry in Frederikshavn, and were second on the ferry itself. In a quick three hours we were in Sweden, on our way to Hoganas.   My first impression was ugly industrial, then Wisconsin. Dairy farms that had sold the sides of their huge red barns for…

Goodbye to Tolne

Our week at Tolne was filled with hospitality, learning, day trips, unexpected pleasures, nature, clay, and the day-to-day life of a happy, brave, entrepreneurial young family making a life through their art. off to Sweden!                 

Tolne Gjaestgivergaard is centrally located in northern Jutland. It is less than an hour’s drive to either coast as well as to the northern tip. One coast is wild with big choppy waves while the other (at least on our visit) was more peaceful and full of fishing boats. It is surrounded by beautiful farms…

Impressions of Skagen

The main reason I went to Tolne was to give myself a good foundation for beginning a school ceramics program. This day Janne and I continued talking about projects, clay bodies, and glazes. She showed me projects they do with schools in the area, a South African way of making a slab, and made some…

Pizza on the porch

My time here at Tolne starts with studio & lesson time in the morning, a little day trip after lunch, and three beautiful delicious meals with interesting people.In addition to wood and soda-ash kilns, visitors to Tolne Gjaestgivergaard can also take a course in building pizza ovens. It was a beautiful clear warm evening to…

The New Anagama

The lady at the rental car office in Frederikshavn was confused when we told her where we were going, “Tolne? It is only five houses?” But off we went, winding through the beautiful farmland of northern Denmark. When we found Tolne Gjaestgivergaard our host Gregory Hamilton Miller was out watering flowers, an early indication of…

Vikings Vikings

I couldn’t shake the feeling that Oslo didn’t look like I’d pictured it in my mind. Then the last day we planned to visit the Viking Ship Museum.  To get there we first walked in a new direction to find the boat. We arrived at the harbor in front of City Hall.   There it was!…

The Wrong Train

The Viegland Sculpture garden is the #1 site in Oslo according to some travel websites. I wanted to see it mostly because our dear friend told us it was her daddy’s favorite work. The son of a sharecropper, he became a successful chemist and lived many years in Europe. From what I have heard and…

Crying in Public

I started my Fund For Teachers fellowship experience by crying in public, and I don’t care who knows it. It’s been a long time since a painting made me cry like that. Tear up maybe, choke up, sure, wet-face can’t speak crying? Not since the early 80’s, at Philbrook, at an exhibit from the Museum…

Packing for Art

We leave this morning on a great adventure! This coming school year we are moving into a beautiful new Middle School where I will have a kiln for the first time. Thanks to Fund for Teachers I will be learning about ceramics history and about how to start kids off to a good start in clay,…

How to meet an art goal in five steps

About this time last year, a couple of my students brought me a good-sized chunk of mistletoe. They had climbed up a tree to gather it for me, and tied it up in a red plastic ribbon from a trash bag. They knew I wanted to paint some. I did, it was fun, and I…