CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

CIRRUS/Nordplus intensive course: DESIGN & WOOD FIRING (Ceramics Workshop)

Teaching period: September 2, 2024 – September 8, 2024
(September 1 – Arrival, September 9 – Departure)
Teacher(s) from AAL: Prof. Dainis Lesins, Assoc. Prof. Dainis Pundurs, Assoc. Prof.
Ainars Rimicans, Assoc. Prof. Liga Skarina, Assoc. Prof. Eugenia Loginova
Number of available places for CIRRUS network students: 6
Level: BA/ MA
GRANT information:
330 EUR travel (Iceland 660 EUR) and 250 EUR accommodation allowance.
Once you have been selected, please use the regular CIRRUS mobility grant application form.
Requirements: Prepare a project drawing for one of your design objects upon arrival. Selected students will receive detailed information about the assignment, and there will be time to prepare.
Application deadline: June 17, 2024. Results will be announced on June 21, 2024.
How to apply: 
Please send the entry form (see attachment), a short motivation letter, and some photos of your artworks (portfolio, electronic version, or website if available) to the email address:
Course description: 
The course is envisioned as an international student symposium, featuring an intensive program of lectures, workshops, professional practice, wood kiln firing (high-temperature soda wood firing), visits to museums and galleries, and participation in the POP-UP exhibition.
Program details are here.
Assignment: Inspired by a sample of a historical Latvian folk pottery pitcher, participants are required to create a self-made design object – a pitcher, representing the design pearl of the 21st Century. Selected students will receive detailed information about the assignment and a photo of the provided Pitcher.
Expected Results: Students will gain knowledge in ceramics design and wood firing technologies by practically developing ceramic projects. Project works will be displayed at the exhibition.
Additional information:
The symposium will take place at the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga, located in the city center. Organizers do not provide accommodations; please make sure to book your stay in advance.