I was born in Oslo, Norway. I’ve always been interested in the creative arts, and until I was let loose in art schools I spent my time filling my school jotters with drawings and doodles. To my teachers’ great disappointment I had my heart set on going to art college. They saw this as a great waste of my brains and potential, but I thought differently….
I first did two years of arts and crafts at high school level (one year at Ask Videregående Skole in Askim, one year at Heggen Videregående Skole in Mysen), before suffering through three years of academic high school. I then studied ceramics for one year at Agder Folkehøyskole in Søgne on the beautiful south coast of Norway, and finally did my Bachelors with Honours in Ceramics at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, graduating in 1999. The plan was to stay here for three years to complete my degree. I still haven’t managed to escape…
In 1997, between the first and second year of my degree, I was lucky enough to get a summer job as a production potter in Guernsey. I worked at the Oatlands Craft Centre in St Sampsons for three months, gaining valuable experience in throwing and how to run a production pottery, as well as teaching experience in the ‘hands on’ lessons available to visitors. Sadly the pottery is now closed.
After completing my degree, I worked part-time as a glassblower’s assistant with Adrienne McStay in Newport-on-Tay, and also rented pottery studio space from Anne Lightwood in St Andrews. When Anne sold her studio in 2001, I was given the opportunity to buy her pottery equipment, and I got my own studio at the WASPS studios in Dundee.
From 1997 until today I have taught a variety of workshops, summer art classes and community art projects for both children and adults of varying abilities.