Bio

(b. 1975 in Helsinki, Finland)

Caroline Slotte is currently Professor of Ceramic Art at KHiO–Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway.

Slotte holds an MA in Ceramics from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, in addition to education from Denmark and Finland. From 2007 to 2011 Slotte was a research fellow in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. Affiliated with Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Dept of Specialised Art, she was also a member of the interdisciplinary research project Creating Art Value, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The reworking of second hand objects play a pivotal role in Caroline Slotte´s practice. She manipulates found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings. The tensions between the recognizable and the enigmatic, the ordinary and the unexpected are recurring thematic concerns. More recent explorations reveal an expanded interest in material perception and material recognition, teasing out situations where the initial visual identification fails resulting in an unsettling state of material confusion. Demonstrating an engaged sensitivity towards the associations, memories and narratives inherent in the objects, Slotte´s intricate physical interventions allows us to see things we would otherwise not have seen.

Slotte´s works have been exhibited internationally and acquired by, among others, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the Design Museum in Helsinki and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Oslo.

 

CV

Education
2007-11 Research fellow (PhD). Bergen Academy of Art and Design (N), Dept. of Ceramic Art
2001-03 MA. Bergen Academy of Art and Design (N), Dept. of Ceramic Art
1995-98 BA. Designskolen Kolding (DK), Dept. of Ceramics and Glass
Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2016 PAGES (with Kjell Rylander), Konsthantverkarna, Stockholm (SE)
2014 Caroline Slotte, Kunstnerforbundet Gallery, Oslo (N)
2010 Going Blank Again, Gallery s.e, Bergen (N)
2009 Biennale exhibition, Porsgrunn Art Society (N)
2007 Beyond Blue Skies, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
2006 On grandmother’s porch, Sinne Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
2003 re: presentations, Artisaani Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
2000 Terra Fragilis, Septaria Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Oi Suomi, katso, LOKAL, Helsinki (FIN)
2016 Collective Design Fair, Skylight Clarkson Sq, New York (US)
2016 At Your Service, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (US)
2015 Drawing, National Glass Centre, Sunderland (UK)
2015 My Blue China!, Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges (FR)
2015 Zwinger und Ich, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal (N)
2014 Transformator, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal (N)
2014 Ceramics & Space, Design Museum, Helsinki (FIN)
2014 Helsinki Fat Clay, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
2014 At Your Service, Bellevue Art Museum, Washington (USA)
2013 Vociferous Void at the British Ceramics Biennial, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent (UK)
2013 Horizon, Museum of Decorative Arts, Oslo (N)
2013 Tendencies – Tenderness, Galleri F15, Moss (N)
2013 New Blue-and-White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA)
2012 Helsinki Fat Clay, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche,
Faenza + Galleria Officine Saffi, Milan (IT)
2012 Conceptual Ceramics, Vendsyssel Museum of Art, Hjørring (DK)
2012 Making Knowledge, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Stockholm (SE)
2011-12 The Tool at Hand, Milwaukee Art Museum (USA)
2011-12 Thing Tang Trash: Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics,
The West Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen (N)
2011 Transformation-Metamorphosis, Galerie Handwerk, München (DE)
2011 Between Tradition and Future: Cheongju International Craft Biennale,
Cheongju (South-Korea)
2011 Blue, Flow Gallery, London (UK)
2011 Pyhäniemi 2011, Hollola (FIN)
2011 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK).
Represented by Gallery Norsu (FIN).
2010 Currency- 7th Edition Think Tank: A European Initiative for the Applied Arts,
Kammerhof Museum, Gmunden (Austria)
2010 Le Cru et le Cuit, Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris (FR)
2010 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK).
Represented by Galleri Kunst1 (N).
2010 Korero – Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2010, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan)
2010 Gl’amour, Oulu Museum of Art (FIN)
2010 Modus Operandi, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim (N)
2009 Non Objective: Contemporary Ceramics, Lodz Design Festival (Polen)
2009 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK).
Represented by Galleri Kunst1(N).
2009 STILL, Galerie Sofie Lachaert, Tielrode (Belgium)
2009 OTTO, Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (ESP)
2009 Modus Operandi, Gallery Zink, Lillehammer (N)
2009 Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (USA)
2008 OTTO, Vantaa Art Museum (FIN)
2007 Tendenser, Gallery F15 (N)
2007 PRESENT, Gallery Bomuldsfabriken (N)
2006 Languages, Museum of Applied Art, Copenhagen (DK)
Design Projects
2012 Ostindia Floris, Rörstrand (S)
Public Collections
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (S)
Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg (S)
The Victoria & Albert Museum (UK)
Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections (UK)
National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim (N)
The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art (N)
Design Museum, Helsinki (FIN)
Museum of Arts and Design, New York (USA)
Craft Museum of Finland
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway (N)
The Finnish Art Society
The National Museum of Scotland (UK)
The Museum of Decorative Arts, Oslo (N)
The State Art Collection (FIN)
The Pro Artibus Foundation (FIN)
Selected Presentations and Artists Talks
2015 Guest Lecture, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (NO), November 2015
2015 Seminar Zwinger und Ich, Bomuldsfabriken kunsthall, Arendal (NO), May 2015
2014 Conference The Art of Research, Aalto University, Helsinki (FIN), November 2014
2014 Artist Salon Caroline Slotte, Project Art at Ferrin Contemporary, Cummington (USA), March 2014
2014 Artist Talk, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (USA), March 2014
2014 Artist Talk, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia (USA), March 2014
2014 Seminar Critical Reflection, The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme, Voksenåsen (N), January 2014
2012 Seminar AGENDA: Identifying and Articulating Artistic Research in Material Based Disciplines, Oslo National Academy of the Arts in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (N), November 2012
2012 The Tool at Hand Think Tank, The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee (USA), March 2012
2011 Conference Making or Unmaking? The Contexts of Contemporary Ceramics, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen (N), October 2011
2011 Symposium Ceramics Practice as Research, British Ceramics Biennial in collaboration with Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, October 2011
2011 Seminar FORUM: Artistic Research, HDK – School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (S), January 2011
2010 Seminar Kunstfagdidaktikk – didaktikk på kunstfagas premissar (Didaktikk Theory of Literature and the Fine Arts), Bergen University College, May 2010
2009 Seminar Stealing Beauty, Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts in cooperation with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (N), November 2009
2009 Seminar Poetics of the Second Hand, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen (N), February 2009
Published Writings
2016 “A Room full of Amber – and other Manias”, Zwinger und Ich. Exhibition catalogue. Stockholm: Network for Nordic Contemporary Ceramics 2016
2013 “It starts now”, Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void. Exhibition catalogue. Bergen Academy of Art and Design/British Ceramics Biennial 2013
2013 “Essays in Blue”, Ceramic Review, May/June 2013
2012 “Making Knowledge Visible”, Making Knowledge. Exhibition catalogue. Stockholm: Gustavsbergs Konsthall 2012
2012 “A Man of Small Gestures”, Kjell Rylander: Archives, Bergen: Bergen Academy of Art and Design/ Gustavsbergs Konsthall 2012
2011 “Stemmen innenfra – den skrivende kunstneren”, BILLEDKUNST 4/2011
2011 Closer/Närmare, Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts 2010
Bibliography
2011 Edmund de Waal, The Pot Book, London: Phaidon Press 2011
2011 Jorunn Veiteberg, “Artist Presentation: Caroline Slotte”,
Ting Tang Trash – Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics,
Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts/Art Museums Bergen 2011
2011 Alison Britton, “Old Stuff – New Life – Still Life: The Lure of Junk”,
Ting Tang Trash – Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics,
Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts/Art Museums Bergen 2011
2011 Paul Scott, “Willows, Windmills and Wild Roses – Recycling and Remediation”,
Ting Tang Trash – Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics,
Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts/Art Museums Bergen 2011
2011 Reinhold Ziegler, “Tomme tallerkner fulle av minner”, Kunsthåndverk,
Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 2-3/2011
2011 Amanda Fielding, “Caroline Slotte: Going Blank Again – A Review”,
Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 84, 2011
2011 Tuija Ekegren, “Caroline Slotten keramiikka herättää muistot”, Taide & Design 2/2011.
2010 Mònica Gaspar, “The Currency of Craft”, Currency – papers and exhibition,
Gmunden: Think Tank Edition 07, 2010
2010 Amanda Ravetz & Jane Webb, “Migratory Practices: introduction to an impossible place?”,
e-journal: craft + design enquiry, vol. 1, 2009 
2010 Jorunn Veiteberg, “Continuity or Collapse: Ceramics in a post-industrial era”,
Possibilities & Losses: transitions in clay, London: Crafts Council/MIMA 2010
2009 Knut Astrup Bull, Modus operandiHensiktsmessighetens estetikkOpplandsutstillingen 2009.
Exhibition catalogue. Trondheim: Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum 2009
2009 Emmanuel Cooper, Contemporary Ceramics, London: Thames & Hudson 2009
2009 Garth Clark, “Art Applied”, Object Factory II. Exhibition catalogue.
New York: Museum of Art and Design 2009
2009 Casey Ruble, “Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics”,
Ceramics Monthly, sept 2009
2009 Jorunn Veiteberg, ”Kunsten å låna”, Kunst og Kultur, 1/2009
2008 Love Jönsson, “New routes for ceramics”, Gmunden Ceramics Symposium,
Gmunden: Association for the promotion of European Ceramic Artists 2008
2007 Kunsthåndverk, Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 1/2007
2006 Kunsthåndverk, Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 3/2006
2005 Kunsthåndverk, Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 1/2005
2005 Jorunn Veiteberg, “Craft as consumption”, Languages – papers and exhibition,
Gmunden: Think Tank Edition 02, 2005
2004 Åsa Hellman, Ceramic Art in Finland, London: Thames & Hudson 2004
2003 Kunsthåndverk, Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 2/2003
Memberships and Positions of Trust
Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO (Board Member Art Section 1.1.2011-31.12.2014)

Artists O, Finland (Board Member 1.1.2011-31.12.2012)

 

 

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