I am informed by details in nature, both around me and from my memories of growing up in a rugged landscape in Norway. I find inspiration in craggy rocks, lichen, moss and layered tree bark, as well as urban decay. My primary interests are texture and natural, undulating forms, and I am constantly exploring new techniques, materials and an array of found objects I use as tools. I work with Japanese techniques such as stretching and carving, often in combination with wheel throwing, to create natural forms reminiscent of elements in the wild.
I work with a range of stoneware and porcelain clays, and layers of slips, oxides, natural ash, organic inclusions and my own range of glazes. I fire in an electric kiln to 1250-60C.
Having lived in a big city for a long time, I feel compelled to create work that reminds me of the natural environment I love so much, and to bring an impression of that into the home environment. My work can often be described as somewhere between fine art and functional. I like the idea that a vessel that looks like a piece of rock can hold water and flowers, just like the way small fragile flowers cling to tiny cracks in a rocky landscape, but looks equally beautiful as an object in its own right.
I also make functional ware as I really treasure the experience of holding a beautiful mug that is unique and handmade, and I love the way food can be presented and shared with good friends from large platters and serving bowls, giving a wonderful experience and ambience to a meal.