Online - Intro to Kolrosing (SOLD OUT - Register to Join the Waiting List!)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - Intro to Kolrosing (SOLD OUT - Register to Join the Waiting List!)

Wednesdays February 2 & 9 (6:00-8:00 pm CT) with Chelsea Bowen

Level of Instruction
All levels welcome - ages 18+
$112.00 Members
$130.00 Non-members

Kolrosing is an art form practiced by the peoples of Scandinavia. It was used to add embellishments to handcrafted wares. Traditionally, a pattern was incised into wood, antler, bone, and then a darkening agent like ash or bark was used to highlight the design. In this two-part class, students will learn the history of kolrosing and try their hand at the very techniques used more than 1,000 years ago. Students will experiment with different types of darkening agents like coffee, bark, ashes, and spices. The instructor will guide students through traditional geometric patterns, and students will create their own freehand designs as well.

Included in the cost of the class is a full kit of materials (a $55 value!) including kolrosing tools, practice wood, colorant, and two final projects: a basswood trivet and a hand-carved butter spreader. Students are also encouraged to bring wooden items that they are comfortable experimenting with. Spoons, bowls, knives, and wood frames make great kolrosing canvases!

The listed class time is Wednesdays February 2 and 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm (CT).

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: January 19, 2022

About the Instructor

Chelsea Bowen

Chelsea Bowen

Chelsea Bowen is an artist and handcrafter based in Duluth, MN. She grew up in the magical woods of northern Minnesota and earned a degree in Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College. Chelsea's previous role as the Educational Programs Coordinator at the American Swedish Institute connected her with her Nordic heritage in a new way through developing and teaching food, handcraft, and language classes. Chelsea speaks fluent Swedish and has spent time living and working in Sweden, including many hours logged in folk school craft classrooms. Over the years, she has experimented in fiber, glass, clay, and wood arts, but her favorite act of handcraft is kolrosing onto one of her hand-carved spoons or butter spreaders. Beyond art, her passions are cooking, foraging, and playing music for others.