Scotland through Danish eyes

Posted by to The Blog on July 30th

Sold on Scandimania?

Curious about Nordic cool?

Attracted to Applied Arts?

If Yes then this exhibition is for you!

Five internationally recognised Scottish Danes will show ceramics and baskets, jewellery and boxes at the Danish Cultural Institute in Edinburgh’s New Town every day during the Fringe.

Lotte Glob’s ceramics are a household name in Scotland as well as in Denmark and her new low energy studio and home in the North of Scotland are a popular visitor attraction.

Best known for her sensual asymmetric organic forms basket maker Lise Bech had 2.4 million viewers to her appearance on BBC’s Flog It with presenter Paul Martin learning to make a basket with her homegrown willow in Ayrshire.

Edinburgh based Mette Fruergaard’s contemporary, tactile boxes in wood, metal and resin sold out at Craft Scotland’s stand at the prestigious Sculptural Objects & Functional Art fair (SOFA) in Chicago last year.

Lilian Busch primarily works in gold and silver using the contrast and tension between the two metals. Her work has been seen at Dazzle, Roger Billcliffe and Spectrum.

Nickokai Globe takes ceramics to the edge of his craft incorporating glass and raw rock into his work they literally embody the landscape.

The 5 makers have lived in Scotland for decades – from Durness to the Borders and from The Western Isles to Edinburgh – and all are responding in different ways to the Scottish landscape.

At the pre-opening event members of the public will help Lise Bech to install a willow structure around the entrance to the institute in Doune Terrace.

The exhibition will be opened by Søren Ryge, a Danish TV host, journalist and writer, who has worked for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) since 1977 and is a household name in Denmark with his weekly programme Out of Doors. He has made several about Scotland – being fascinated by nature and landscape, gardens and people.

During the festival each craftsperson will be in residence for a weekend each, making it possible for visitors to meet talk and learn more about the work. – Expect Hygge!

Meet the Maker events: Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4 pm

2/3 August: Nickolai Globe

9 August: Mette Fruergaard

10 August: Lise Bech

16/17 August: Lilian Busch

21 August: 5.30 pm to 7 pm: Talk by Birthe Fraser, Cultural Connections – Danish applied art traditions (with special focus on ceramics)

23/24 August: Lotte Glob

After Edinburgh the exhibition will tour several Scottish venues till November 2015.

The Danish Cultural Institute – Venue 64                                                                                                                                                                                                       3 Doune Terrace                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                August 1-29 (Then throughout September)                                                                                                                                                                                        Opening times: 10 – 4 every day Free





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