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UFO sighting! Lise Nilsen

~~~~UFO Sighting~~~~

UFO for us means.....Unique Fabulous Originals!

Every now and again, we will sneak into our Professional Artisan Team members stores and snap a picture of some of their Awesome pieces of Art. Then we will bring it back here for all to see. 

Today's UFO sighting comes from the store of:
Lise Nilsen of  Trollsmed 
Time to Wave!!!!
We asked Lise to answer a few questions too. 


Who are you?  
I am Lise,  56 year old Norwegian creative soul. Educated a silversmith, worked with advertising and as a florist. And decorator. Now I am old enough to understand that I have to go back to my roots and my fingers... jewelry and art..  always making something  or painting, or using tools...

 Where do you live?  
 I live in western Norway – Voss - a typical tourist place with skiing, buses with cruise boat tourists and beautiful nature.

What do you call yourself? (Artist? Hobbyist? Professional Ceramicist?)

I have decided that I am a Trollsmith J .. and my working title is Trollsmed...  because I am not a real working smith, nor a troll.. I am a silversmith, bead-maker, artist... and materials are all natural and I got to find some magic in them...

How long have you been creating Ceramic Beads and Pendants?
I have made ceramic beads for approximately  4 years. And the luckiest thing I ever found was the wonderful girls at BOC! So inspiring! 
What inspires your work?

Nature. Always. And stories, or energy in a thought rolling in my head.  And great materials, like glass, clay, wood, paper, stone...
What is your process?

I usually have an idea, and keep grumbling about it... but when I start, I take off and do everything else. I normally make sets, or different beads around a theme. And if I like the idea, I always make too many variations...

Favorite Clay type? Glazes?

I love porcelain clay.. the klank sound of a high fired piece and the weight of it. And I like the rough rustic crank-clays. I started with porcelain because I loved colour, and silver dones not give much of that. I am grown up close to Porsgrund Porcelain, and I know the value of the material. I also started lampworking because  I  use traditional brush-on  glazes.

Favorite Themes or design inspirations?
Hearts. I have made... LOTS of hearts!  And then followed by angels, angel wings, hearts with angels.
And I like organic handmade shapes, natural inspired objects,  the chinese can do the serial production stuff... so I let things come as they roll into my head. Huldra and trolls are mytholocial beiings in Norway... I guess they wear jewellry.... and beads.
I like to press natural objects like leaves into clay. I like them in jewellry myself.

                                 Who do you admire in your field and why?
Normally I love things that I am not able to do myself.  I love the Marianne Kasparian raku and brave stuff and Lisa Peters`s raku. But there are wonderful handmade stuff and figurines like Llandro and Schaubach.
What are your favorite tools or equipment?
                                          ... my fingers? OK  - and a knife and some dentists tools.. 
                                    Any advise for newbies
Understand the material. Learn how it works and what it can stand, and don't be afraid to experiment. Have fun!
You can find More about Lise and see more of her work here:

ETSY: http://trollsmedbeads.etsy.com
Epla, Norwegian: http://trollsmed.epla.no
blog: http://trollsmed.wordpress.com I also have an English blog... but I think it died... or something.
And I am alive and well at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/trollsmedsida



  1. A great sighting it is too!!!!

  2. Indeed, among my list of favorites, Lise is right there among the top! I love her beautiful work and have enjoyed her pics of her work and surroundings for a long time.

  3. Great interview! I always enjoy seeing Lise's work and admire her style. There's never too many variations! :) Love all of them.

  4. Congrats, Lise, for following your heart and continuing to develop as an artist... your work is beautiful! Thank you, Marla, for sharing her here!


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