This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Danish ceramic artist Nina Hole. Her monolithic pieces are equal parts sculpture and performance art. With the help of building teams she constructs towering forms that are fired in place and unveiled at their peak temperature. Her "fire sculptures" have been built in a variety of environments including both urban and rural settings in Mexico, Denmark, Australia, the US, and many other countries.
In the interview we talk about the role religious architecture plays in inspiring her forms and the development of an easily mobile building/firing process. We also discuss the Museum of International Ceramic Art-Grimmerhus and the Danish ceramic residency Guldagergaard, both of which she had an instrumental role in starting. For more images of her work please visit www.ninahole.com. An exhibition of Hole's small scale sculpture, Shelter, is currently online at Crimson Laurel Gallery. To view the exhibition click here.
I had the pleasure of visiting Nina's home studio during my time in Denmark. The studio sits adjacent to the cottage but lower than the surrounding landscape. The subterranean design is perfect for maximizing heating efficiency during the dark Danish winters. The low slung design also provides a unique vantage point for viewing the surrounding farms.