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Tulla Elieson

Tulla Elieson Ceramicist
Contact
Norwegian, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+47 90896082
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From teapots to monuments

  • • Tulla’s work has Viking influences
  • • She once created a whitewashed steamroller
  • • Stephen Hawking's books inspire her

Tulla Elieson has explored ceramic art over a career that spans more than 40 years. From a simple start as a local potter making traditional earthenware such as teapots, she has become Norway’s most prominent monumental ceramic artist. Tulla’s artistic journey is reflected in a number of distinct periods and styles, and an astonishing variety of work. A range that includes huge porcelain dishes embellished with what could be brail or hieroglyphs, towers reminiscent of spinal columns with protruding vertebrae, a whitewashed steamroller seemingly powered by the alphabet and a gigantic fingerprint of Norway’s former Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, crafted in sea salt. Connection with the cosmos is also a central motif in her art.

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Works

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Northern Light

The Northern Light II plate is characterized by its texture obtained by the conservation of marks formed in the casting process. Tulla created the casting pattern by pouring porcelain slip over the glazed surface.

Height 130 cm
Width 125 cm

Tulla Elieson Ceramicist
Photo: ©Terje Resell
Northern Light 1

Northern light is a series of work inspired by the arctic part of Norway. When the sun does not rise above the horizon during the winter months, the faint daylight produces this magnificent blue colour, set against the black of the night. The slab was first glazed black and fired. The central lines of the blue pattern is masked off and porcelain slip poured on.

Height 135 cm
Width 130 cm

Tulla Elieson Ceramicist
Photo: ©Terje Resell
Self-Portrait at 7

The sphere depicts Tulla at the beginning of life, on her way into the unknown and blurred future. Technically the girl figures were first introduced by waxing them and developed by rubbing the whole slab with a sponge. The slab was pressed over underlying clay coils.

Height 130 cm
Width 130 cm

Tulla Elieson Ceramicist

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