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says Marcher, who is coincidentally talking to Scan Magazine on the phone from the US. “Travelling and networking over here, I have had that confirmed again and again.”
and far. But despite the centre’s aim to have at least 80 per cent international artists-in-residence, the main purpose is to strengthen and expand the Danish ceramics scene.
Strong women in charge
“When it comes to ceramics, we are one of the eight leading centres in the world. Our artists-in-residence come here to find peace and time for immersion, but also because we have facilities that can’t be found anywhere else,” explains Marcher, adding: “The women who set up Guldagergaard had a vision of creating an international powerhouse to
Marcher shares her international vision with Guldagergaard’s original founders, female ceramists who from the very beginning wanted to create a global powerhouse within ceramics. Their ambition resulted in not just world-class facilities but also a reputation for excellence, which has attracted ceramists from near
strengthen and promote Danish ceramics, and that’s very much what we have done and are still doing. But when we have a fixed target of having at least 80 per cent artists from abroad, it’s because Denmark is such a small country and we need some international superstars from outside to help inspire and strengthen Danish ceramics.”
A magical place Initiated on the occasion of Marcher’s 40th birthday, The Shoe Box Show is a celebration of the magic and the talented artists that have passed through
Top right: Mette Blum Marcher has been the director of Guldagergaard since 2009. Photo: Christina Kabel. Left middle and bottom: Guldagergaard attracts some of the world’s leading ceramic artists, who live and work at the centre for a month at a time.
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Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish pop princess Tove Styrke.