Leigh is a professional art teacher from Topeka, Kansas. She currently lives in Stockholm and spends most of her time pursuing different art forms. At the same time she is also finishing a master's degree in art. She has several years of teaching experience and is currently working full time as an art teacher. At the same time, she also holds workshops here at Skillbreak. In her own words, her motivation for teaching is to motivate students to leave their comfort zone and develop though experimenting. Although several art forms have influenced Leigh's life, the focus today is ceramics. She has a ceramics studio that she runs in her spare time. It is also in this inspiring environment that her popular workshops are held.
Barbro has many creative projects going on in life, but her passion for ceramics is one of the few consisting ones. She started as a teacher in textile crafts but is now also a professional ceramicist after ten years of study and practice. She lives in a beautiful blue house in Flen, where she has her own studio and rose garden. The workshops that Barbro holds are among our most popular workshops at Skillbreak. In a small group, you get the opportunity to enter Barbro's calm studio and take part of an inspiring environment. She also loves to share her creative projects and is happy to, besides teaching, offer a generous meal of homemade food and fika.
Natural philosopher, plant expert, author
Lisen Sundgren is known for her broad knowledge of wild edible plants and how herbs can benefit health, well-being, taste and desire. For over 20 years she has held courses, continued her education and spread her knowledge through books, magazines, TV, blogs and other channels. She has had her own skin care brand, Lisen Organics, and was early to talk about the benefits of staying in nature to feel better. Lisen collaborates with several star restaurants, has made several international guest appearances and is passionate about helping people create their own relationship with nature and themselves. She has written several books, including The Wild Kitchen, The Green World of the License and most recently Wild Adult (Bonnier facts 2017) with beautiful illustrations by Nadia Nörbom.
Chef and author
My name is Samantha Santambrogio-Öberg and I came to Sweden from Milan in 1996. After ten years as a system developer, I decided to completely change course and realize my dream. My dream was to work with my lifelong passion for food, culture and travel. Today, food, culture, tradition and Italy are what I do on a daily basis. Details in the preparation, the choice of ingredients and family atmosphere around tables and pots - that's what I teach. A cooking class with us is a break and a respite in a busy everyday life, whether you do a team-building cooking activity with colleagues or customers, or if you cook with family and friends. A pasta dish enjoyed in Tuscany may have a slightly different character than if you eat the same dish in Stockholm. But in my kitchen you get very close to that special, Italian feeling.
Erika started dreaming about ceramics as a teenager, when she was given the opportunity to try working with clay in school. An experience that she describes as almost magical. Therefore, Erika applied to a school where she got the opportunity to work even more with ceramics and learn several techniques within the area. After graduation, she began an internship working for a full-time ceramicist. After a while, Erika started her own company that today sells ceramics in various forms to individuals, companies and restaurants.
Artist and pattern designer
Malin Björklund is an artist and pattern designer based in Stockholm. She gets her inspiration from nature and her originals are painted with floating ink, brush and water. The colors, shapes and variability in nature fascinates her. In addition to this, she find flower painting so inspiring because it is created through a a mixture of reality and imagination. In 2006, Malin graduated from the Norwich School of Art and Design in England. Two years later she started her company "Malin Björklund Ritar". Today, Malin has designed for big brands such as Your Wallpaper, Linum, Ljungbergs Factory and Centro Kakel and Klinker.
Petra is a potter who loves clay, design and beautiful interiors. She creates beautiful handmade utility items in stoneware. In order to create the objects, she uses many different methods, mainly rolling and turning. Petra found ceramics 20 years ago. What began as a hobby developed into a full-time job. Petra uses fine raw materials, with sustainability in focus, to create down-to-earth products that last for a long time. She works out of her small workshop in Sollentuna, where she manufactures ceramics for private customers, retailers and restaurants.
Fanny Zedenius is a macramé artist based in Stockholm. Macramé has been a big part of her life since 2014 and she is always striving towards inspiring others. In June 2017 she wrote her first book on the subject called “Macramé”. The book became very popular and is still selling copies all over the world. Fanny regularly holds workshops and she also has an Instagram where she gives her followers an insight to life as a macramé artist.
Author and chef
Peter Streijffert is the grower, author and chef who loves to discover flavors and see how they best fit together. He is an environmental fighter from Umeå who uses his bicycle as his main transportation. Therefore, it can be quite challenging when it comes to transporting soil and plants, but thats not something that would stop him. Another way Peter shows his commitment to the environment, is that Peter grows most of his food at home, even though he lives in Stockholm. Since many would like to grow on their own, but don't have the knowledge on how, Peter has written a number of books on the subject and regularly gives lectures. Sharing his knowledge is something Peter loves to do! In addition to this, Peter is one of Skillbreak's most popular experts and has workshops in everything from wine tasting to the new composting trend Bokashi. Peter's relaxed, yet adventurous approach to life is something that many are inspired by; maybe that is one reason his workshops are appreciated by so many.
Artist and illustrator
Lisa is an artist and illustrator with her own studio on Folkungagatan in Stockholm. Drawing, painting and building patterns - is what Lisa likes doing the most. When it comes to her own creations she mostly works with creating oil paintings. The inspiration for her paintings comes from both present and historical time periods and from both city and nature. We can often see women, animals and flowers in Lisa's work. In her own words, her goal with creating art pieces is to create paintings with as high quality as possible. She is also constantly looking for new, creative areas to apply the art to.
Naturens Hemligheter Since 2018, Naturens Hemligheter (Secrets of Nature) offer workshops in outdoor cooking and bushcraft. Our workshops are suited for individual and small groups as well as for companies and organizations who strive to make their members/employees grow through team building activities in practical workshops in the outdoors. Come with us and explore! Linus Nilsson Linus is a preschool teacher from university of Stockholm. He also studied outdoor pedagogics and leadership at the university of Linköping, university of Umeå, Linné university and Edinburgh Napier university. Linus has 20 years of outdoor experience combined with a great passion for genuine outdoor-cooking with top quality produce. As a teacher he has been working with developing outdoor didactics and incorporating them with the preschool curriculum. Andreas Fjällman Andreas is a preschool teacher and elementary school teacher from Stockholm teacher college and university of Stockholm. He has been a scout since childhood and has over 15 years of experience in leading groups in outdoor activities. As well as being a devoted practitioner of outdoor activities he is a passionate outdoor-cook in constant search of new and interesting produce and flavor combinations. He and Linus participated in the 2019 Swedish championships in outdoor cooking. Joacim Norberg Joacim is a teacher in art and crafts from the university of Linköping, where he also studied outdoor-didactics. Joacim is skilled in woodwork and forging as well as in textiles and the preparation, coloring and use of wool. He has a genuine interest for using historical techniques and applying these in his work. Joacim is head of our classes in wood-carving.
Interior stylist and photographer
Susanna is a creative person full of ideas and has an eye for beautiful environments. With her profession as an interior stylist and photographer, she has done interior design coverage for most interior design magazines in Sweden. In addition, she has a great interest in DIY-projects, with a focus on concrete casting, renovated flea market finds, crochet and macramé. She is happy to share her passion for concrete casting in her popular fb group "Betong en gjuten hobby" with about 38,000 members. Right now Susanna is working on her 20th book together with colleague Sania Hedengren. Similar to her own interests, the focus of the books are DIY-projects and several of them have been translated and sold internationally. As many as 6 of her books are about concrete and in 2019 she published a book about macramé. Susanna holds workshops in concrete casting in her beautiful garden and workshops in the trendy craft of macramé.
Marine is the engineer from France who re-saddled into the world of ceramics. She uses her scientific background to her advantage in the creative process and during her workshops held in the studio on Kvarnholmen with a sea view. Her greatest passion lies in experimenting with new techniques and painting of the ceramics. Her specialty is bird jugs, which fill the shelves in the studio. In her work and workshops, she divides the process into clear steps to achieve the ultimate goal, which can be anything from a plate to a bird jug. The pedagogical approach is often appreciated by her participants.
Entrepreneur and cultivation expert
Jessica has founded and runs OdlingsTV, the Nordic region's largest completely independent web TV channel for all kinds of cultivation. The channel publishes lots of instructional videos online. Jessica is driven by providing cultivation inspiration all year round for everyone. She is often seen as a cultivation expert on national TV and holds popular workshops for individuals and companies. Jessica works to become self-sufficient in vegetables and cares about sustainability and diversity in the garden. For example, she loves to take care of the weeds and experiment with different seeds from the pantry.
Sommelier and wine writer
Sommelier Eva Weckström lives in Stockholm and usually travels all over the country and lectures on wine and food. Eva is a trained and certified sommelier via the Restaurant Academy, where she also took a WSET Advanced in parallel. She has 15 years experience from various roles in the restaurant industry, both in the US and in Sweden. Today, Eva runs her own business "Eva's Wine and Food", works as a wine writer and runs her own blog about food, wine and travel www.mindthewine.com. She holds frequent trainings and lectures and is a very experienced test leader and happily holds tastings on a whole range of themes - also in English. Wine / Cheese, Wine / Licorice, Wine / Food, Amarone, Sparkling, Champagne, Basic Tasting, Beer, Whiskey to name a few.
Mixed media artist
Jenny Grant is a self-taught Mixed Media Artist who lives in Stockholm. Jenny's mission is to inspire people to be brave, to use their creativity and to do more of what they love. Jenny paints in many layers and creates her art based on an interesting process where the images appear while she paints. She works with mixed media such as acrylic paint, ink, oil pastels, crayons, fabrics, paper, photos - everything that comes her way. Jenny is a very popular and experienced workshop leader. When you go to a workshop with Jenny, you will be invited to her studio in a wonderful house from the 17th century.