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HAiK: Camouflaged Art or Bold Fashion?
This interview by Geir Haraldseth with Ida Falck Øien investigates the fashion brand HAiK's conceptual approach to garment-making, using anthropological methods, interdisciplinary collaboration, and…
A Contested Concept
Since its inception, Norwegian Crafts has concerned itself with developing new thinking about craft. In this essay by art historian and former Norwegian Crafts chairwoman Jorunn Veiteberg we are…
Norwegian Crafts Magazine Revisited
Editorial for the fourth issue of The Vessel titled Norwegian Crafts Magazine Revisited, edited by the Norwegian Crafts team
A Decade of Norwegian Crafts
Kristine Wessel, chairwoman of Norwegian Crafts, looks back on the organisation's evolution over the past ten years: from an online magazine to a multifaceted institution working to connect artists…
Recognizing Ground: Where Indigenous and Queer Practices Meet
Recognizing Ground: Where Indigenous and Queer Practices Meet is a conversation between artists matt lambert and Máret Ánne Sara about shared experiences, migration, nomadism and land.
Toril Johannessen: Unlearning Optical Illusions
Jessica Hemmings reflects on the textile works of artist Toril Johannessen and her exhibition Unlearning Optical Illusions. At first sight, Johannessen’s works evoke connotations to the patterns…
Franz Petter Schmidt: The Consummate Object
In this interview with artist Franz Schmidt by Gjertrud Steinsvåg we are introduced to the exhibition Weaving Fabrics for Suits at Oslo Art Society and Schmidt’s experience working with…
A Baroque Fairytale of an Exhibition
Ceramic artist and curator Heidi Bjørgan's exhibition The Story of an Affair at Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim is a complete installation, mixing museum artefacts, music, and…
Stian Korntved Ruud: An Inventor of Curious Things
In this interview with Stian Korntved Ruud: by Tora Endestad Bjørkheim and Johnny Herbert we learn more about Ruud's exploratory practice, driven by artistic research and curiosity.
Lillian Tørlen: Meeting the Public Where They Are
In this interview by Tora Endestad Bjørkheim and Johnny Herbert, Norwegian artist Lillian Tørlen reveals her thoughts on materials, vases and the importance of the exhibition site.
Jens Erland: Man/Machine
Under the term ‘composite ceramics’, artist Jens Erland combines mechanical elements, performance, and industrial materials into ceramic sculptures and objects. In this interview by Mariann Enge…
Between the Dishrag and the Tiger
This essay by Toril Moi investigates the power of textiles, as a potentially feminist endeavour. The essay was published in the exhibition catalogue for Ode til en Vaskeklut, Hymne til en Tiger, a…
A Studio Visit with Ellen Grieg
In this interview, Ellen Grieg talks about dyeing processes, working sculpturally with rope and her artistic practice as a long-term research project
Grayson Perry: The Mad Potter
British artist Grayson Perry is a television star and transvestite whose best friend is a teddy bear. But he believes that making ceramic vases is far more provocative. In this interview by Kristin…
Elisabeth von Krogh: Playing with Form
In this interview Elisabeth von Krogh talks about caricatured expressions, optical illusions and the vessel as form.
Aslaug Juliussen: A Sense of Sustainability
In this conversation with artist Aslaug Juliussen, Hilde Sørstrøm delves into Juliussen's sustainable approach to material transformation. While her installations and sculptures are made using…
Bergen: Rupture and Movement
In this article, Anne Britt Ylvisåker writes about the craft artists Marit Tingleff, Kari Dyrdal and Torbjørn Kvasbø and their strong connection and impact on the development of the craft education…
Duodji as a Starting Point for Artistic Practice
In this essay curator and duojár Gry-Kristina Fors Spein reflects on the Sámi concept of duodji as a starting point for artistic practice.
Iver Jåks: Duodji as Indigenous Contemporary Art Practice
Iver Jåks' artistic talent became obvious during a long period of hospitalisation following a reindeer herding accident in his youth, and he was admitted to the Sámi folk high school in 1950, when he…
Karen Kviltu Lidal: Exposing Power Structures
In this essay, Sofia M. Ciel examines the work of Karen Kviltu Lidal, which explores society, architecture, and public life from the starting point of the physical body. Kviltu Lidal moves freely…
Ezra Shales: How Things Get Made and the People Who Make Them
Jessica Hemmings sat down with Ezra Shales to speak with him about topics he raises in his book The Shape of Craft. The book considers how things get made and the people who make them. In this…
Magdalena Abakanowicz and the Norwegian Art Scene: Style Creator or Liberating Role Model?
The internationally acclaimed Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930–2017) contributed to a new epoch in textile art in the 1960s. Her exhibitions in Norway triggered increased interest in…
John K. Raustein: The Future is Solely Motivated by Nostalgia
In this essay, artist and critic Tommy Olsson reflects on John K. Raustein's exhibition When Everything Falls into Place that was exhibited at Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo, in 2019 – an immersive,…
Tron Meyer and Kent Fonn Skåre: Tron Meyer and Kent Fonn Skåre
In this interview by Johnny Herbert, Tron Meyer and Kent Fonn Skåre offer perspectives on their multi-faceted practices within art, craft, design, and architecture.
Perisak Juuso: A Conversation with Perisak Juuso
In this conversation, Irene Snarby talks to duojar Perisak Juuso about the landscape and Sámi place names, and about the in-depth knowledge you need in order to find the right burls, roots or antlers…
Marit Tingleff: Serving up Stories with Chances
Marit Tingleff makes large earthenware dishes that won’t fit on a dining table. In this interview by Christer Dynna she relates this format to the porcelain and fine china that was once part of a…
Inger Blix Kvammen: Memories in Metal
Inger Blix Kvammen's artistic practice relies on a vast number of connections with individuals and communities from around the world. Memories from her travels to Northwest Russia, to Nenets…
Ahmed Umar: Starting from Stories
In this interview, matt lambert converses with multidisciplinary artist Ahmed Umar on materiality, craft-based art, and how storytelling emerges as a form of activism in Umar's artistic practice.
Ingrid Askeland and Hilde Jørgensen: The Morning After The Night Before
In this essay, art critic Tommy Olsson reflects on Ingrid Askeland and Hilde Jørgensen's exhibition Manic Monday, a dystopian installation of ceramic sculptures, photography and collage, that was on…
Sidsel Hanum: A Journey into the Tiniest Details
In this interview by Lars Elton with ceramicist Sidsel Hanum we learn about her work using liquid porcelain and a technique known as horning, which allows her to construct vessels and objects, laced…
Sigurd Bronger: Jewellery as Absurd Theater
For many years Sigurd Bronger was an outsider in contemporary art jewellery, but now he enjoys increasing attention. In this interview by Reinhold Ziegler we learn about Bronger's way to jewellery,…
Glenn Adamson: What's Important About Craft?
In this interview with craft writer, curator and editor Glenn Adamson by André Gali we are introduced to the concept of post-disciplinary practice, and a discussion on a converging visual art scene,…
Felieke van der Leest: Toy Animals, Yarn, and Glamorous Design
Plastic toy animals, crocheting in yarn, and precious metals, are some of the elements Felieke van der Leest combines to make exciting, humorous, and absurd jewellery. Central to van der List's…
Nanna Melland: The Uniqueness of the Masses
Nanna Melland is known for making jewellery with unorthodox materials. In this interview by Monica Holmen we are introduced to her practice which spans from personal jewellery to public installations.
Hannah Ryggen's Popularity
The Swedish-Norwegian textile artist Hannah Ryggen (1894-1970) wove tapestries using locally sourced wool and plant dyes from her and her artist husband Hans Ryggen’s farm on Fosen, by the Trondheim…
Torbjørn Kvasbø: Ceramic Expressionism
Torbjørn Kvasbø defines himself as an abstract expressionist and is known for burning his monumental sculptures in the large, woodburning kiln in his backyard. In this interview by André Gali, we…
Inger Johanne Rasmussen: Beauty and Myth
Rasmussen’s artistic practice combines different expressions related to other craft traditions and painting. Her works are characterised by bold colours and geometric patterns juxtaposed with floral…
Liv Blåvarp: Touch Wood
Artist Liv Blåvarp creates spectacular and sculptural necklaces and bracelets out of wood. Her creations are built by individually shaping smaller pieces of wood and joining them together in a…
Tone Vigeland: Hands on
'Tone Vigeland: Hands on' is an interview with the jewellery artist Tone Vigeland by Reinhold Ziegler. Tone Vigeland’s art springs from a direct encounter between her hands and her materials. For…
Kiyoshi Yamamoto: Material as Metaphor
An interview with artist Kiyoshi Yamamoto by André Gali
Mata Aho: Māori Weaving Practices at Atua-Scale
A conversation between Zoe Black and Aotearoa New Zealand art collective Mata Aho
Weaving the Wild: the Work of Brit Fuglevaag
An interview one of Norway's foremost textile artists through several decades, Brit Fuglevaag, by Zoe Black
Erika Stöckel: Power of the Oppressed Body
In this conversation between curator and artistic director Maria Ragnestam and artist Erika Stöckel we learn more about how Stöckel builds her large-scale ceramic installations, starting from a theme…
In this conversation we meet the curator team behind the Sino-Norwegian ceramics exhibition Beyond G(l)aze, consisting of two Norwegian and two Chinese curators: Heidi Bjørgan, Bjørn Inge…
Pearla Pigao: Playing Patterns
An interview with textile artist and musician Pearla Pigao by Tora Endestad Bjørkheim and Johnny Herbert
Sigve Knutson: The Amateur Craftsman
An interview with craft artist Sigve Knutson by Tora Endestad Bjørkheim and Johnny Herbert
Joar Nango: Duodji as part of Philosophy and Cosmology
Namita Gupta Wiggers in conversation with Joar Nango about shelter, nomadism, and the Sámi concept of duodji