Collections Connections: Ale Bowls

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Collections Connections: Ale Bowls

October 14, 2020 (Noon-1:00PM CDT) with Phillip Odden

Level of Instruction
All levels
$20.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Share your lunch break with woodworker Phil Odden and Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik as they highlight handcarved alebowls from the collection, which will inspire your creativity and enhance your understanding of the immigrant experience. Ale bowls are naturally connected to the drinking habits of Norwegians, and as Phil says, it's "a complex, yet very earthy story."

Time at the end will be provided for you to connect with other folk art enthusiasts, ask questions, and share one thing you are working on during this time of staying home.

Collection Connections is a series of Vesterheim-hosted conversations between the museum’s collections staff and folk-art school instructors. Highlighting the incredible folk-art collection at Vesterheim, these conversations are also opportunities for you to stay connected with your folk-art community during this unpredictable time. Each gathering will highlight a piece or two from the collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist. The online gathering will also include the opportunity for the small group of participants to show and share what you’re working on in the safe way we can – digitally! 

Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions: You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.

Enrollment Deadline: October 12, 2020

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Phillip Odden

Phillip Odden

Phillip Odden is a professional woodcarver and Vesterheim Gold Medalist. He trained at the Hjerleid School in Dovre, Norway, and he and his wife, Else Bigton, have a workshop near Barronett, Wisconsin. Together, they authored the books Treskjærer Kunsten (The Art of Woodcarving) and Laerebok i Treskjaering (Textbook in Woodcarving).

Learn more: Watch this video, Contemporary Folk Art at Disney’s Norway Pavilionwhere master woodworkers Phil Odden and Else Bigton and master rosemaler Patti Goke joined Vesterheim to discuss their work on the Frozen attraction in the Norway Pavillion at Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida.

And read this article from Phil about the benefits of handwork.