kjersti_og_livioOne of the few things that i remember from my years in primary school,is a ceramic course that was held under the direction of the school. At this point,my collection of work consisted of a kind of slabwork,depicting smiling faces. I signed up for these courses several years in a row,but even though my teacher showed us cups and ashtrays,I just continued to make these smiling faces of clay.

Later,when I was in secondary school,there was a teacher who mastered the skill of throwing clay,and one day I watched him throw a large bowl. This magic moment burned stuck in my memory,and I am deeply indebted to this teacher,for influencing me to apply for the productdesign study,many years later. Here I chose clay as my main material. (hiak.no) At this school,I worked round the clock,and I loved it. Here we had wonderful teachers,teachers who had no definitive answers,but who encouraged us to try out anything

After three years in this school,I went to France to study for a year at le CNIFOP,a study that focused on throwing clay. Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye is centrally located in an area that has a long tradition for producing pottery,not far from la Borne ( www.laborne.com ),which is reknowned for its international community of ceramists. During this year,I also worked for a period of time in the studio of some french potters,like Charlotte Poulsen and Christine Viennet. After completing my education,I set up my first workshop together with ceramist Kjersti Olsen,in Bergen in 1999.