DANIEL GILLBERG is a Swedish maker and artist living in Oslo, Norway. He is trained both within the fields of art and art conservation. His education within the field of ceramics is built up by schooling and training with different potters as well as taking longer and shorter courses and several master classes. He also holds a degree in 'the science of conservation of cultural property' with a specialisation in paper conversation from the Gothenburg University in Sweden. He is currently working on his ceramic art from his studio on the Norwegian countryside outside Oslo, as well as running his small paper conservation studio in the city centre.
Daniels ceramic work is mostly focused on functional high fired earthenware pieces. He build up his decorations in layers, often combining various graphic techniques with paper resists, paper transfers as well as commercial decals and gold luster. He will often transfer elements from his own photographical works on to his pots and is very much fascinated and inspired by traditional collage techniques.
“I feel very much fascinated by the idea of extracting isolated elements from the world around me. How their whole meaning can dramatically change when being put next to something else. Even a different colour or a surrounding pattern can have a huge impact on the perception of one element”.
In his ceramic work he retells the stories of the places, spaces and people he meet on his way in the social, urban and natural landscapes around him. Every pot tells a different story and becomes a unique item for the user to discover and infuse with their own values and ideas.
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