«Ripple effects”

Is the English translation of the title of my current solo exhibition at SENTRALGALLERIET. The works are hammered out of brass and strive to show the movement or influence patterns of events, decisions and moments that shape the surrounding world. For the first time in a long time working with large format metal I have grown much stronger again. Now that the work is presented and speaks for it self I am reflecting on how impossible it would have been to work like this a year ago. I am showing to the public for the first time since I underwent cancer-treatment in 2016/17 and it’s only now become clear to me how long it has taken to recover to a functional level of some kind. I feel I have returned to myself.

Interacting with the public at the opening yesterday I got to experience my works through their eyes, and it gave me a few new tags to attach to the finished pieces. Shields, waves, skins and wheels and sun-symbolism are words heard around the room. It is so much fun to hear what people see. Looking forward to hearing more today.

Raising and sinking

I spent the fall testing ideas for my hollowware exhibition in august. While making sinking forms It became obvious that i need heavier equipment to be able to go up in scale. I need more stakes, and heavier hammers. While researching this i bacame fascinated with japanese raising workstations, where you sit on a wide tree trunk and the long, wavy stakes are mounted in holes all around you with simple wedges. This is so basic and so smart, and eliminates the need for vices, which makes it perfect for my re-enactment ambitions. So much better for long working sessions, where my feet normaly start to argue with me.

So 2019 is starting with brand new heavy hammers made for me by the utterly wonderfull Brent Bailey and a clear goal for further development of my shop. This year It will be all about raising and sinking. I know it will bring much needed changes, now i must whip up the shape to meet them.

Stress is my friend

At least in the workshop this is almost always the case. While agonising over which finds i should work with with the coming re-enactment season in mind, i got a rush order for a special something for a friends birthday. So i abandoned the viking-age for the 13'th century and came up with this rather lush annular brooch that is a merging of two different finds from England. Quite pleased with how it came out. The owner decided on the oxidised finish that differs from the gilt finds we looked at for inspiration, but compliments the stones very well. 

Long over-due items

Setting up shop after an unscheduled 2-year gap resulted inevitably in spending a fair bit of time on orders i was unable to complete in Bodø. It feels good to get things done and i look forward to finishing the rest. Very grateful for the grace and understanding shown by my patient clients <3

 

Karis pendant

Kari's pendant ready for shipping. 

Christmas came and went...

Starting out life in the new workshop i made some jewellery with the Christmas marked at Sverresborg in mind and i went a bit nuts, painting, assembling and gilding 93 christmas ornaments from walnut shells. The marked had super crappy weather but was made highly enjoyable by Kristine Vike, the creator of the very delightful Ver∂a soaps! 

New workshop, new website

 The site you are visiting is under construction and will be subject to changes in the near future. 

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