Guldagergaard, visited by 200 of the world’s most talented ceramic artists each year, has maintained the reputation for excellence that was embedded in its institution by its founders, six female ceramists. Director Mette Blum Marcher explains: “Normally, in Denmark, we like all culture to be accessible for everyone, so in saying that this was an offer only for the international elite, our founders really went against the general conception of what a provincial art institution was supposed to be. But we’ve maintained that focus and still only attract the best of the best from all over the world. As practising ceramics who exhibited all over the world, our founders were very conscious of the importance of having an international network.”