Bergljót Jónsdóttir has been the director of S12 since 2012. She has a diploma in European Cultural Management, and an MS in Music and Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. In 1999 she was named “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture. She was the first director of Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki, Finland from 2007 – 2011. In 1995 – 2004 Bergljót served as director of the Bergen International Festival in Norway and from 1986 – 1994 as director for the Iceland Music Information Centre.
She has been a member of the Norwegian Arts Council and board member of several cultural institutions, including the Norwegian National Opera and the National Museum in Oslo. She has worked throughout her career to promote culture and the arts in both national, regional and international contexts.
Æsa Björk was one of the founders of S12 in 2005, and managing director until summer 2011, and has since then been its artistic advisor. She was employed at the School of Art and Design, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies at Alfred University, NY from 2011-14. Æsa received her Masters degree from the Glass Department of Edinburgh College of Art in 1997. She also studied as an exchange student at the Prague Academy of Art and Design with Professor Vladimir Kopecky in 1994. She has spent considerable time at the Pilchuck Glass School both as a student, TA and Emerging Artist in Residence. In 1996 she was an artist in residence at the Corning Museum of Glass. Her work has been shown internationally and is presented in the museum collections of KODE in Bergen and the National Museum in Oslo.
Æsa Björk approaches her work by investigating and experimenting with material boundaries paired with questions involving human existence and phenomena connected to the human body and personal borders. Her work often combines research and techniques from diverse fields and her interest in philosophy, science and music has often influenced her work.
Maria Frantzsen is a coordinator for several projects and programs at S12. She has been working with glass as a medium since 1996 and earned a 1st class BA (HONS) degree in 2002, followed by a Masters degree in 2004 from the Glass department at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. She attended Canberra School of Art as an exchange student in 2001 and has attended summer classes at Northlands Creative Glass and the Pilchuck Glass School. She has been active as a teacher of both art and glass on different levels and has a degree in art education from Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
Maria´s work develops within the sphere of personal and collective memory where she is particularly interested in how we store and present mementoes of lived life. Her work is in the public collection of West Norway Museum of Decorative Art and Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum.
Anett Haukås has been working in S12 since 2011, with educational projects, communication and administrative tasks. She has an MA in Art History (2011) and a BA in Visual Arts and Culture (2007) from the University of Bergen.
Haukås is also an admin manager for Performance Art Bergen and part of the team organizing Norway biggest performance art festival, PAB OPEN (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019).
Emma Baker (UK) is the current workshop manager and assistant to the artists in residence. She received her BA from Sunderland University in 2014 and has since worked in glass studios throughout Europe. In 2019 she became one of two Associate Artists at North Lands Creative, a two-year programme supporting & developing the practice of glass artists. She has been awarded residencies at Berlin Glas, The Glass Factory, S12 Bergen and North Lands Creative. Her work is held in public & private collections and has been shown across the UK & Ireland. Most recently, she has received scholarship funding to the USA and has worked on international cross-cultural projects supported by British Council Scotland and Creative Europe. She has also been a teaching assistant at Corning Museum of Glass, Bild-Werk Frauenau and North Lands Creative. Specialising as a glassmaker, her love of the material and its processes combines with narrative and sentiment to embody her artistic practice.
Patrícia Šichmanová grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia where she completed her MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in 2017. Her master project won third prize in international competition Stanislav Libensky Award, Prague. During 6 years of exploring possibilities of glass, she studied also Metal at Høgskolen i Sørost Norge, Rauland, Norway and glass and ceramic design at Häme University of Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna, Finland. Drawing her inspiration from nature, the Nordic landscape made a big impact on her and consequently on her works. In 2016 she started internship in S12 Galleri og Verksted, where she created her master project and currently works. Her works were exhibited in group exhibitions in Europe.
Jessie Blackmer (US) was the workshop manager and assistant to the artists in residence from June 2018 until April 2020. Jessie Blackmer is an artist who has been working in glass since 1999. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2004 and her MFA from The Ohio State University in 2011. She has been a recipient of a Jon and Mary Shirley Scholarship, Artist in Residence at Wheaton Village, and Pilchuck Emerging Artist in Residence. She has also been a teaching assistant at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. Her work examines natural phenomena through an autobiographical lens while paying particular attention to disease states.
Charlotte Lemaire joined the team in S12 in April 2017. She was responsible for the workshop and assistant for our Artists in Residence. Charlotte learned glassblowing in her home country France, and continued her studies at The Royal Danish Academy, School of Design, in Bornholm, where she graduated in 2013 with a BA in Glass. Charlotte has worked with glass in various Glass workshops; in France, the US and since 2014 in Norway.
Thomas Petersen is a glassblower educated at Orrefors in Sweden. He was responsible for the workshop from August 2015-April 2017. In addition he assisted our visiting artists and participated in educational work such as the Sunday School and introduction courses in glassblowing.
Monica A. Amundsen was responsible for the workshop in S12 from August 2014 – August 2015. She has in addition assisted our visiting artists and participated in our educational work like the SundaySchool and UNG15. Monica was an Artist in Residence in S12 during parts of June & July 2015.
Damien François is an artist who joined the S12 team in March 2012. He studied at The Danish Design School, Center for Glass and Ceramics on Bornholm, where he graduated in 2010 with a BA in Glass. His role is to take care of the workshop, assist visiting artists, give courses as well as create his own work. His work is primarily driven by responses of material experimentation. Based on the exploration and exploitation of the multitude of possibilities that glass offers, his work aims to approach issues of perplexity and uncertainty. He is interested in the unfamiliar side of the glass’s characteristics. www.damienfrancois.com
Alli Hoag was an artist in residence at S12 Gallery and Workshop and serving as the Workshop Manager from August 2013 through July 2014. Her recent work involves installations exploring the blurred line between the real and imagined experience utilizing glass and mixed media. After completing her MFA at Alfred University in 2012, she served the past year as Adjunct Professor at Alfred University teaching Sculpture and Glass. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is currently working toward her 2014 solo exhibition at Urbanglass, in Brooklyn, NY in November 2014.
Terese Longva received her BFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008. She studied at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, followed by three years at Kosta Glass School in Sweden. She also studied at Aalesund School of Art in Aalesund, Norway. Longva has shown her work at various venues in the USA and Europe. She is works in a range of mediums, but video and performance has a central place in her work, in which she looks at different aspects of the human condition such as how we construct different Selves in reaction to varied expectations of society, and how we constantly struggle to learn our social roles while at the same time break out of them to know ourselves. As part of the collaborative partnership Longva+Carpenter, Longva also investigates topics such as personal longings, feminist ideology and political urgency.
Herdis Torsvik (f 1965) is educated at Akershus University College, Faculty of Product Design 1999-2002 at Blaker. Herdis worked as a co-founder of S12 Galleri og verksted up until 2011 when she left to start her own ceramic workshop at the USF, Bergen.