Me and woodturning
first introduction to woodturning came as part of my formal
training as an arts and crafts teacher. The experience and
reputation of my turning teacher led the school to have
a well-equipped turning shop, and quite a strong emphasis
on turning within the wood and metal curriculum. The formal
training program provided me with a solid grounding in technique.
Towards the end of my education, I went to New Zealand to
gain both practical experience and a broadened artistic
vision. My time there solidified my commitment to woodturning.
Staying with some of New Zealand's greatest turners - Gael
Montgomery , Mark Piercy and the Beddeks - expanding my
sense of the possibilities the medium affords, and experiencing
new tools and techniques all deepened my interest.
Upon returning to Denmark, I began to explore the larger
woodturning universe. Within a year I was participating
in international symposia. It was at the French Woodturning
Symposium in 1998 that I met Bonnie Klein and Charles Hutson,
both of whom have influenced my work.
The French experience led directly to my first attending
an AAW symposium. This was in Tacoma, and was also my first
sale outside of Denmark.
My first independent exhibition was held in 1998 at the
Valdemars Castle in Denmark. It was here that I introduced
my coloured pieces. The response was immediate and dramatic.
Everything I brought was sold, with the first sale going
to the Baron and Baroness who sponsored the exhibition.
My history of fortuitous events continued and led to my
first invitation as a special featured artist. in the 2000
AAW Symposium in Charlotte
Since then I have been exhibiting, demonstrating, and teaching
extensively, as well as participating in symposiums and
collaborations. In the USA, Canada and Europe and soon to
come New Zealand and Australia
The impact that decoration had on both the interest in my
work and its price encouraged me to continue to explore
these artistic opportunities.
In 2004 I was invited, for the second time, to demonstrate
my methods at the American Association of Wood turners Symposium
in Orlando, Florida.
success of that series of demonstrations led to an invitation
to tour the US, presenting workshops and demonstrations
at quite a few local AAW chapters. That tour is schedule
for the late spring and early summer 2005.
Me and My
I was born in 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark and grew up in
the city and suburbs.
my maternal grandfather and great-grandfather were German
Master Cabinetmakers, "Tichlermeisters." My connection
to wood goes back at least three generations.
My grandfather was part of the Danish minority. Consequently,
life was difficult during the War. My Mother was very Danish-minded,
studied at the Danish school, and resolved to live in Denmark.
She studied in Denmark, became a Catering Officer, and married
my Dad, an electrical engineer. My genetic connection to
the world of wood includes my father's side as well. His
grandfather was also a cabinet maker.
In 1986 I became a nurse, and worked in this field for six
years. As rewarding as that work was, it was not who I was.
Something was missing, and in 1992 I set out to find a way
to align my work and my spirit.
Two years studying in Sweden prepared me to be an outdoor
guide, moving closer to the nature I so deeply love. During
that program I built a wooden canoe, a pair of wooden skis,
and carved untold quantities of wooden spoons. Slowly I
came to realize that I could find fulfilment by creating
artistic objects from wood.
My outdoor training was followed by four years of study
as an arts and crafts teacher, specializing in wood and
metal. The program was extensive, covering the whole range
of media and materials. It was in this program that I found
the lathe - and have never looked back since. There is something
at once simple and elegant about this particular tool, and
about the possibility of creating beautiful pieces from
such a basic movement.
I live in one of the most beautiful parts of Denmark on
the southern Fyn. Surrounded by a hilly and varied landscape,
close to the water, I can sail or paddle my kayak from island
to island, hike and bike in solitude, surrounded by birdsong.
As much as I love woodturning, people and nature are most
important to me.
I am an outgoing, social person and find inspiration each
day from the beauty around me, and from the people I meet.