Pottery speaks to our creativity and awakens the desire to experiment and play. In ceramics, we have fingers covered in clay, a plastic and flexible material that can be moulded and processed in infinitely many ways. When burned and glazed, it turns into a solid and waterproof material.


Ceramics are both a craft and a form of expression. You get control of a lot of fundamental things about the clay crafting it. There will be demonstrations of different techniques, so you can learn to rotate, shape, build, model and mould. You learn about what you can do to beautify the surface of your pottery and learn how to use tricks, glazes and much more. That allows you to develop your individual expression and design.

We work with both functional items - cups, bowls, jewellery, vases - and with more abstract aesthetic pieces. Based on your own ideas and projects, the teaching ignites a desire to experiment and test the material. Along the way, you train your eye so that you can make a shape more precise. You will learn more about what makes a simple cup and how you can augment it in many ways.


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Marianne Toft

Marianne received teacher training from The Free School of Education and ceramics training at the Aarhus Academy of Arts.  Marianne has lived at Fanø since 2010. Here, she has her own workshop/shop; with a handful of local artists and artisans, they are starting the Kulturfabrikken in Nordby together.  In her own ceramic work, Marianne examines the intersection between ceramics and graphics; Here she works to embellish various impressions and traces in the clay.

While teaching, Marianne keeps the process open to investigative the material, together with the students. She rarely says something cannot be done and always encourages inspired investigations. In this way, students learn in a safe space where experiments occur and skills develop. Her classes allow room for delightful surprises from so-called mistakes.

Sophie lOUISE pEDERsen

Sophie holds a bachelor's degree in ceramics from the Royal Danish Art Academy.

She is widely experimental and likes to explore both the usefull and artistic aspects of ceramics.

Sophie is a former student at Vestjyllands Højskole herself.