I am born deep into the Norwegian Fjords, in Gaular in 1940. After the second world war witch I have some weak memories from, the family settled in Karmøy, also at the west coast of Norway. My first working experience was onboard a fishing boat fishing for herring between Iceland and Greenland. As a summer job I helped producing “Jarlsberg” cheese in a dairy. This was when I studied. I also had a motor bike. Now I have a funny tiny old sports car.
After being a reserve officer in the Navy I studied ceramics in Bergen Academy of Arts.
Immediately after finishing my studies I got a job at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and have worked there more or less since then.
Through the years I have had lots of exhibitions in Norway and abroad and travelled quite a bit. I also like to write and have produced some books and articles both in Norwegian and English.
With my family I live on Fagerstrand, Nesodden (close to Oslo) It is a small farm where I grow vegetables and fruit. It is just a hobby. You know, the stuff gets quite expensive that way. I can grow things that everybody tells me is impossible so far north, like peaches and other stuff that like warm summers. I don’t want to have a greenhouse. But I have a fish pond on my farm. I don’t eat them. You don’t eat your friends
Another hobby is fly-fishing. The funniest thing to do is to fish for sea trout in rivers in the middle of the night. My personal record at the moment is 5 kilos , not big but big enough for me. I took it last summer on a small black double hooked fly. Really fun.
As a fly fisher I am making my own flies. They are not so very traditional, but I think they are small pieces of art. It looks like the fishes are finding them OK. But to be honest I think the fish more or less don’t care. I think that it is my pleasure doing it that is the most important thing.
And sometimes I make a knife.