My name is Marika Brandt and I work mainly with glass, ceramics and photography. I was born in Finland, but lived in Denmark from 2002 until 2018. I recently located to Portugal, where I am currently doing my masters studies in Glass and Ceramic art & science.
My first introduction to blown glass was in 1999 when I studied at Häme Polytechnic School in Finland. During those three years I was able to learn the traditional scandinavian style of glassblowing while working and living in the Nuutajärvi Glass Village. Although scandinavian style has been the foundation for my way of working, I’ve always been interested in trying new techniques and combining different ways of shaping the material.
In 2005 I continued my studies at the Glass and Ceramics school in Bornholm, Denmark. This enabled me to add a more artistic way of working with glass and processing ideas into final pieces of work. After my studies on Bornholm I have been able to develop my technical skills by working as a glassblowing assistant and as a glassblower in different studios as well as a teaching assistant for different artists.
My interest in photography started when I was doing my internship in USA in 2007. I studied in a local evening school in Burlington, VT and learned the basics in the darkroom. I started my studies at Copenhagen film- and photography school in 2010 and got introduced to different genres in the field of photography. Lately I have been focusing on pinhole photography, building my own cameras and to work in the darkroom. I also have an ongoing project (since january 2018) with an author. This collaborative project is about documenting each day of the year by combining the text and the image.
In 2016 I received a grant from Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Danish Arts Foundation, which enabled me to take part on an intensive 8-week glassblowing course ‘Cane Ladder’ at Penland School of Crafts (NC, USA) with Claire Kelly, and study Italian techniques Pastarelli, Murini, Retticello and more. During my time in Penland I was able to concentrate on my work in glass, but also got a chance to throw ceramics on a potters wheel, which i continued to learn at a local evening school after I returned to Denmark. Working with ceramics has woken up my interest in tableware again and I took time to concentrate on ceramics for 3 months in Barcelona in the autumn 2017.
Since i started my master studies in Portugal in 2018, my work has been mainly concentrated on ceramics (especially porcelain) and glass. My work is focused on sculpting and for my production line BrandtArt ( https://brandt-art.com )