After a nail biting wait (well it was only 9 weeks…but who’s counting) my application to the International Ceramic Research Centre (ICRC) was accepted. I’m off to Denmark to immerse myself in the world of ceramics for 6 weeks and can’t wait! Its a wonderful opportunity as this will be my first international artist in residence following up from my first Australian residency at Canberra Potters Society. The Centre is located in a beautiful rural setting near the fishing village of Skælskør. I’ve been there before in 2011 when Adam and I went to Europe and while he was working in Rome I flew to Denmark to visit my dear friend Amanda who was working at the Centre at the time.
Up until this week, I actually had no idea where the village was located in relation to Copenhagen until I read the faithful Lonely Planet’s Denmark and was surprised at how geographically Denmark is made up of a series of Islands linked by bridges. Skælskør is located roughly where Zeland is just south-west of Copenhagen (red star).
The Centre also known as Guldagergaard is located in an old apple orchard where the main house contains the admin room, a library, dining room and the bedrooms in which artists reside. Nearby are the old stables which have been turned into ceramic studios/kilns. Here is a peek (remember this is summertime….I’m going in the dead of winter….brrrrr). So watch this space as I update how my plans are going for making work while at the Centre. I plan to go 2 January – 13 February 2013 – which is only 4 and 1/2 months away! Not much time for researching and practicing ceramics as well as and preparing myself for a lot less sunlight. I’ve heard anything from 1-4hrs sunshine and its dark for the rest of the day….geez, makes you realise how lucky we are in Canberra where in Winter our sunshine on average is 5-6 hours. Still, I’m sure the snow, fairy lights and gløgg (mulled wine) will make Denmark a top experience!
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