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Aberystwyth, Wales

Athens, Greece

Nove, Italy, 2003

Gordola, 2007

Pecs, Hungary, 2008

Zurich, Switzerland

Nove, Italy, 2009

Gordola, 2009

New Orleans, USA, 2009

For many years Fred Olsen has been interested in the concept of kiln as sculpture. When he met and worked with Nina Hole, one of Denmark's leading ceramic artists who was making large scale sculptures to be built in situ, all the factors came together and this new direction in his work began.

He works on his own design of sculptures as well as working colaboratively with Hole, like on the fired sculpture at the 2002 International Academy of Ceramics Congress in Greece.

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Olsen has built his solo sculpture kilns in Wales at the International Ceramics Festival in 2001, Nove Ceramics Festival in Italy, at Saddleback college in California and, mosts recently in 2005 at the annual Feuerfest in Zurich in Italy.

These sculpture kilns are built and fired in situ over a period of about 10 days. Often held as a workshop, participants are involved in every part of this fascinating process - from construction and firng to the unveiling - providing a wonderful opportunity to be part of a unique happening.

Click on the links at the top of the page to see the photo documentation of some of these spectacular events.

If you are interested in commissioning a sculpture kiln firing, please contact Fred Olsen and he will be pleased to discuss the possibilities.