Architectural Ceramics
Stars in the Heavens

Guldagergaard, Denmark

International Ceramic Research Center 2012

In September and October 2012 I was invited for a second residency at Guldagergaard, the International Ceramic Research Center in the charming town of Skælskør, Denmark. My focus was on transferring my illustrations to clay with silk-screening and decals.

"The Fiddler", commercial porcelain 6" trivets re-fired with my original drawings made into cobalt and pale blue decals.

"Ukrainian Cakewalk - Ukrayniksh Kek-Vok" from "The Absolutely Complete Introduction to Klezmer", played by Yale Strom and the Hot Pstromi.

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"Here is my interpretation of the house where all the resident ceramic artists lived during September and October of 2012, the International Ceramic Research Center called Guldagergaard, located in the sea side town of Skælskør Denmark.

During our residency the studio was in a state of construction and we saw all kinds of wonderful state-of-the-art-of-ceramic improvements, and inside the house as well. Mette, our dynamic director, is shown here "steering the ship" with happy artists working together and cheering each other on. And the weather demanded wearing layers of clothing and was often wet and rainy, but beautiful with starry skies at night. "

These folks are the talented artists that lived in the Guldagergaard House, the International Ceramic Research Center, with me. We cooked meals together, shared our stories, and cheered each other on as we pursued our new creative explorations in clay. This illustration shows an interpretation of the experience of living there. To me the house was like a boat that we navigated through the construction of improvements to the clay studio. We often had rainy weather and dressed in layers, with boots.

Pair of Pitchers

This piece was a collaboration design with the talented ceramic artist Masako Fujii, from Japan. My illustrations are decaled on top of the cone 10 glaze and fired up to that temperature again, so they sink under the glaze.

Slip cast porcelain
Left pitcher 6” x 4 1/2 x 4”, right pitcher 5” x 4” x 3 1/2

Paul Scott

I met him 2012, while at the artist-in-residence at Guldagergaard, the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. I created this gift for Paul based on his recent blue and white giant tree, decaled onto porcelain tiles that now lives outside of the ceramic residency. In my portrait of him, he rides a Danish cargo bike to deliver his masterpiece.

Stephanie Osser- Illustration on Clay © 2011

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