UMPRUM at Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Created: 1. 12. 2016 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

A joint initiative was organized between the studios of ceramics of UMPRUM and Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). The project took place in Oslo between 21-25/11/2016 and was called Spectrum: ceramics between art and design. Students of UMPRUM and of the Oslo University had an opportunity to attend workshops led by teachers from both schools. Kjell Rylander from KHiO, well known Swedish ceramist and theorist in the field, introduced to the students the issues of readymade objects and installations and conceptual approach to ceramics. During the workshop students tried various ways to work with already fired ceramics such as cutting with a diamond saw and diamond wheel, grinding on water and other technologies. The benefit of this workshop was mainly a different perspective on ceramics and its processing and trying out innovative technologies. Under the leadership of Professor Marit Tingleff students had the opportunity to try building a large ceramic object in one day. KHiO is one of the few schools that is equipped for building and firing large ceramic objects and it has extensive experience in this field. Marit Tingleff is dealing with this theme for over thirty years and she regularly organizes student workshops. Milan Pekař from Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain of UMPRUM organized a lecture and a workshop for Norwegian students on the topic of crystalline glazes. During the visit, discussions were held on the issue of teaching ceramics at universities, different approaches and on the focus of both schools. Transformation of the field thanks to new technology and also the direction of the ceramic industry in each country were also discussed. During the visit of KHiO a delegation from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art was also present. Tved Flemming Hansen from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art presented his research project on 3D printing and ceramics. Milan Pekař with the students presented the UMPRUM studio and most important projects. There was a valuable exchange of experience and debates on different teaching approaches. Participants also started a debate about possibilities of further cooperation between KHiO and UMPRUM.

The Initiative that lead to these results was financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanisms (2009-2014) and was arranged by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in the framework of the Fund for bilateral Cooperation (Contract no MSMT-35776/2016-1)

Contact for administrator of the initiative: basovnikova@vsup.cz