Sunday, May 1, 2016

Norwegian Rosmaling

Decorative Ceramics

I've recently decided to attend a presentation on Norwegian decorative painting, called rosemaling. I've been wanting to explore decorative painting for a while, and now that I recently found out that one of our family ancestors was Norwegian, it seems like a good time to explore and learn about rosemaling. Apparently, the painting styles in each region of Norway, are quite site specific. The presentation will be held at our local Scandinavian Center. A few years ago, I was a member of the Scandinavian Book Club. It was super interesting. Literature seemed like a great way to explore my Swedish and Danish heritage. We alternated reading books from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Iceland. The books were not for the faint of heart, they were usually fairly long and complicated. When my mom got sick, and I was commuting to the hospital in the Bay Area, I gave up on the book club. Who knows, maybe it's time to return...

I can see the applications for decorative glazing in my work. And, as with all painting on wood or clay, there is potential to sand into the finish and age it. Can't wait to learn more!

Vintage Wedding Trunk

Another Decorative Trunk

Containers and Baskets

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