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.