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Welcome to our annual seminar on contemporary crafts on 21 November.

Welcome to an international seminar on Contemporary Crafts. The seminar is co-organized by the Norwegian Crafts (NC), Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK) and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo.

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Is craftsmanship still relevant within the field of contemporary craft? Do artists who work with the crafts have aesthetic practices that are distinct from that of other artists? Does the act of hand-crafting an artwork entail that the reception of it will be different from the reception of works produced in other aesthetic disciplines?

PROGRAM - Thursday 21 November 2013

09.30    Registration
10.00    Welcome
10.10    Introduction by moderator STEPHEN KNOTT (UK)
10.20    KNUT NATVIK (NO) - Reflections from the Workshop
10.40    TRINE WESTER (NO)
11.15     Coffee break
11.30     DENNIS DAHLQVIST (SE) - The Future is Handmade

12.20     Lunch and time to see the exhibition

13.30     ALAIN MAILLAND (FR) - Passion for Wood
14.15     ANDERS JAKOBSEN (SE) - Surfing 101
14.50     Coffee break
15.10     MICHAEL EDEN (UK)
15.45     Sum up
16.00     Evaluation and drinks



Reflections From the Workshop: What skills and experiences are important for the ceramic artist? In his talk, Knut Natvik reflects on the knowledge and skills needed by ceramic artists today in order to develop their skills.

B. 1957 in Norway, Natvik graduated in 1992 from Oslo National Academy of Arts, where he is currently Workshop manager at the ceramic art department. He works with ceramic sculpture and has exhibited in Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, and Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim.

The Future is Handmade: During the last few years handmade crafts have made a remarkable comeback in the world of design after at least a decade of neglect.  Why are young designers working by hand again and why has shift happened right now?

B. 1961, Dahlqvist is a Swedish curator and art- and design critic. Since the 1990s he has worked in television (SVT), radio (SR) and newspapers (SvD and Expressen). He is currently also a lecturer at Beckmans School of Design and Konstfack,in Stockholm.

Michael Eden's lecture will illustrate the way in which the adoption of new tools has blurred the boundaries between art, craft and design. Designers are now getting their hands dirty with messy materials and craft makers are hacking technology, resulting in a new language of making.

B. 1955 in the UK, Eden is a MPhil graduate of the Royal College of Art, London. His work  bring together traditional ceramic craft with digital technology and experimental media, such as 3D printing, additive layer manufacturing and non-fired ceramic materials. He is represented in museum collections all over the world and exhibits with Adrian Sassoon, London.

Surfing 101: A lecture on how to surf and why the expression ‘surfing the wave ‘ is a common misunderstanding,  and how this is vital to Jacobsen’s  work and ideas on craft activism.

B. 1972 in Sweden, Jakobsen is a craft activist, also known under the name Lagombra. He coined the term ‘Radikalslöjd’, Radical Craft, to explain his practice of re-constructing massproduced ready-mades into unique objects. He has exhibited widely in both Sweden and Norway and is represented in the collections of the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.paricipating in the current exhibition Kunsthåndverk 2013 at National Museum, Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo.Jakobsen participates in the current exhibition Kunsthåndverk 2013 at National Museum, Kunstindustrimuseet in Oslo.

Passion For Wood: Mastering techniques is necessary for craft artists working with wood, says Alain Mailland, but in his lecture he will also speak of his passion for the material itself

B. 1959, Mailland studied cabinetmaking at l'Ecole Nationale d'Art de Cergy-Pontoise, outside of Paris. He specialized in woodturning and has developed techniques for creating particularly delicate and detailed wood sculptures. He is represented in several museum collections. Mailland`s work was shown in the exhibition in Galleri Format Oslo, June 2013.

Drawing on her experiences from teaching at the Oslo National academy of the Arts, Wester will talk about the challenges of integrating new digital technology with traditional workshop practices.

B. 1967 in Norway, is a Norwegian artist interested in the relationships between humanity, nature and technology. Her work employs new digital technology and experimental media. Wester currently teaches at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The seminar will be  moderated by Dr  STEPHEN KNOTT (UK),  Founder Fellow in Modern Craft, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.

Time: 09.30 – 17.00
Price: NOK 400,- (NK members NOK 200,-). Fee  includes lunch and coffee/tea during the the day.
Deadline for registration: Friday 15 November
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Gjertrud Steinsvåg,



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