Featured Plenary Speaker and Demonstrator
Anne Mette Hjortshøj graduated from the ceramic department at The Royal Danish Academy on Bornholm in 2000. To improve her skills and gain further experience, she spent eighteen months working in Wales with the potter Phil Rogers and in the USA, Australia and Korea. Since then she has exhibited and worked internationally but spends most of her time making work to fire in her two chamber wood kiln on the Danish island of Bornholm.
Anne Mette's work grows out of a dialogue with materials and processes. She chose clay for its ability to respond so readily to human touch while retaining and showing its origin and properties. Using local materials in her slips and glazes, she is fascinated with the magic of wood, fire, salt and ashes coming together with clay during the firing, giving the piece it's identity.