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Helen Morken
Helen Morken

Morkelveien 6
3157 Barkåker

+47 33380657

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Helen Morken at a woodfiring

Some examples of other ceramic works:

identity project for Glasgow School of Art
Identity - porcelain /stoneware

"Fat på fot" - porcelain dish on stone - lustred interior
"Fat på fot" - porcelain dish
on stone - lustred interior

woven dish
Woven dish - stoneware

dish - Silhouette 1
Silhouette I - double thrown and cut porcelain

dish series - blue silhouette
Silhouette II - thrown glazed stoneware

modelled-sketch-raku fired
modelled-sketch-raku fired

Exhibition pieces:

Mobius I, III and IV
Mobius I, III and V

Exhibition work in progress:

Helen ceramic - Mobius 1
Mobius I

Möbius I

Helen Morken - Mobius 1
Möbius I

Helen Morken - Mobius 3
Möbius III

Helen Morken - Mobius 3
Möbius III

Helen Morken - Mobius 5
Möbius V

Helen Morken - Mobius 3
Möbius V

Nine on Line

My explorations into line took me into the concept of infinity. I looked at lines which have no beginning or end and became fascinated by the idea of “non-orientable” surfaces on which lines can lead to unexpected results. The möbius strip was discovered in 1858 by the German mathematician A.F. Möbius. Magicians, artists, musicians, mathematicians, writers and engineers have all explored its properties and found themselves intrigued.

At first glance, the möbius strip is simply a loop, but there is a difference. On closer examination you discover that it has just one side and one edge. M.C. Escher illustrated this property in his famous lithograph, Möbius Strip II, depicting nine ants trapped in an endless march around a möbius grid.

MC Escher - Mobius Strip 2

My contributions to the exhibition Nine on Line are called Möbius I, Möbius III and Möbius V; matt white porcelain looped bands with one, three and five twists respectively. In tribute to Escher, these sculptures also include ants – lines of nine tiny blue ants forming trails from any point to another without ever crossing an edge, their paths creating never-ending lines.


About me

I grew up in southern England but moved to Norway in 1980. I live on the west coast of the Oslo fjord in southern Norway close to a town called Tønsberg. I have been working with ceramics for 7 years, combined with studies for much of that time. The distance-learning course at The Glasgow School of Art has enabled me to study for a design degree alongside other work and family commitments. It has given me design skills and a theoretical foundation to my previous technique-based experience in ceramics, and has helped me to find a new dimension and focus for my work.


City of Bath College, England: part-time ceramics, 2 credits, 1998
Scan Form Keramikkfagskole, Norway: one year full-time, 1998-1999
Various summer schools in Norway and UK (Peter Beard; Alan Baxter; Hannah Lunder; John Wheeldon): 1998-2004
“Løvetann Keramikk”: joint studio and gallery with three other artists, Horten, Norway: 1999-2001
Own studio production: 2001-
Glasgow School of Art, Scotland: BA(hons) Design, part-time ceramics,  2004-


1998: “Miniatyr” – Fossnes, Stokke, Norway
1999: “Fat på Fot” – juried exhibition, Galleri Fold, Stokke, Norway
2007: “Nine on Line”, Atrium Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Participation in various joint exhibitions, selling shows and craft fairs.
Work currently stocked by four local galleries.

Other qualifications and experience

1978-1981, BA(Hons) Theoretical Linguistics, Reading University, England
1981-1982, Norwegian language studies
1982, Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway
1982-1988, Technical writer and translator, Norsk Data, Oslo, Norway
1989- , Free-lance translator and English teacher