World Craft Region Bornholm
The tradition for arts and crafts is long on Bornholm. Also in this field the island holds a special place not just in Denmark, but in Europe and the rest of the world.
In 2017 Bornholm was honoured with the title as World Craft Region, as the first region in Europe.
Behind the title is World Craft Council (WCC), which is the largest international organisation for promoting arts and crafts. WCC works non profitable, non governmental and is acknowledged by UNESCO.
The reason for promoting Bornholm is is said: ”The jury, who evaluated the Bornholm application to becom a WCC Arts & Crafts Region was very impressed of the quality, autenticity and the high standard of Bornholm crafts. The strong tradition, originally based upon production of glass and ceramics has led to a widespread, rich and solid symbiosis of workshops, museums, biennales and educational facilities on the island. The jury experienced that the high Bornholm level within all types of crafts is fully on height with the international best.”
Historically it is primarily the deposits of good clay that have made a base for the production of ceramics and pottery. Already during the Middle Ages Bornholm pots were sold throughout the Baltic area. During the 18th centure a series of small industries arose, among them the Hjorts Keramikfabrik, which today works as a living museum. Later factories such as Michael Andersen and Søholm were added.
Several families are centered in the history of arts and crafts on Bornholm. I.e. the families Hjorth, Vasegaard, Munch-Petersen and Høm have led these crafts traditions through the generations.
The Glass and Ceramics School in Nexø was established in 1997 and in 2010 it fusioned with the Royal Danish Art Acacemys Shools for Architecture, Design and Conservation. During the years several of the students from here stays on Bornholm after ending the education.
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