Marit Tingleff

b. 1954

Marit Tingleff is internationally renowned as one of Norway’s greatest contemporary ceramic artists.  Marit uses the landscape of her own daily life as a starting point for her large-scale ceramic plates. She takes ordinary, everyday, functional objects and elevates them to something much more powerful. Her large ce­ramic works are first mod­elled          hor­i­zon­tally. Next, while still wet, they are raised to a more up­right        po­si­tion with the help of large cus­tom-made walls to counter the impact of gravity which would otherwise make the wet clay sag. Grav­ity also plays a role in how she further de­vel­op­s the works. Marit pours colour from the top of a work and lets it run down the sur­face to form random lines and pat­terns.

To further explore colour, Tingleff has undertaken extensive research in the properties of cop­per ox­ide, which has a long tradition in ce­ram­ic     his­tory and is used to create beautifully rich greens, turquoises and copper reds.  Her painterly application of colourful glazes references nature, land and seascapes.

Despite the complex process of glazing and firing Marit is able to maintain an incredible sense of spontaneity, balancing areas of light and dark, pattern and empty space and playing with different ways of mark making. 

Tingleff works and lives in Hønefoss in Norway and is a Professor in Ceramics at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Her work is represented internationally in private and museum collections including the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Mu­seum in Lon­don, the De­sign Mu­seum Den­mark, and Nor­way’s mu­se­ums for de­sign and craft-based art.

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