Elisa Helland-Hansen (b. 1950)
Throughout her 40-year career, Elisa Helland-Hansen has worked on objects intended for daily use in kitchens and for storing and serving food and drinks. She examines the close relationship between ease of use and form, endings, volume and weight distribution. The interaction between the surface's tactile qualities and the glaze's gloss and color spectrum are also essential aspects of the work.
Helland-Hansen was born in New York in 1950 and was educated at the Bergen Arts and Crafts School in the mid-1970s. She works full time at her workshop at Seimsfoss near Rosendal and has regular exhibitions both in Norway and abroad. She was a professor of ceramics at the University of Design and Art Crafts (HDK) at the University of Gothenburg from 2000 to 2005. Elisa Helland-Hansen has been purchased both through public procurement schemes and to private collections and is represented at all the art museums in Norway.