Marit Tingleff is one of Norway’s most celebrated contemporary ceramic artists. Initially studying at the National College of Art and Design in Bergen, she went on to become Professor and Head of Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts [KhiO] from 2013 – 2016. Her work is expressive, with strongly ornamental features and undulating, organic lines. Taking the landscape of her own daily life as a starting point for her large-scale ceramic plates, she takes ordinary, everyday objects and elevates them to something much more powerful. Her painterly application of colourful glazes reference nature, land and seascapes and despite a complex process of glazing and firing, she maintains an incredible sense of spontaneity, balancing areas of light and dark, pattern and empty space while playing with different ways of mark making.
Marit Tingleff has exhibited widely and was one of the key exhibitors at during the Oslo International Ceramics Symposium in 2003 when her work was included in Concentus, the main OICS exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. Her international breakthrough came when she participated in the exhibition Scandinavian Craft Today, which travelled to Japan and the USA in 1987 - 1988.
Her work is included in a number of museums including The National Museum/The Museum of Decorative Art, Oslo, Norway; Design Museum, Copenhagen Denmark and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. She has been awarded several public commissions including work for the Norwegian Government Representation Buildings, Oslo, Norway.