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Craft ecosystem in
Bornholm, Denmark

About Bornholm

Bornholm, a small Danish island nestled in the Baltic Sea near the Swedish shoreline, boasts a population of around 39,000 residents. It has gained popularity as a tourist hotspot, attracting over 500,000 visitors annually, and a significant portion of its economy revolves around this thriving tourism industry.

Craft ecosystem in Bornholm, Denmark

Bornholm, Denmark

Bornholm, Denmark

Why Bornholm is chosen to be one of the HEPHAESTUS craft ecosystems

Bornholm has been selected as a significant focus for the HEPHAESTUS project due to its strong emphasis on innovation and circular economy within the craft sector. The island’s craft community has shown a remarkable commitment to sustainable practices and forward-thinking approaches. HEPHAESTUS aims to leverage this ecosystem to explore how traditional craftsmanship can seamlessly integrate with innovative technologies and contribute to a circular economy model.

The main challenges of the Bornholm in the context of craft

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Craftmakers in the ecosystem

While the Bornholm ecosystem comprises various types of craftmakers, here are some of the most prominently represented to offer you a glimpse.

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Glasses, vases, decors, plates.

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Figures, decors, furniture.

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Clothes, table naps, blankets, scarfs, glows and more.

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Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, broches.

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Unique plates, decors, figures, vases.

Craftmakers currently involved in the HEPHAESTUS project as craft ambassadors

Heidi Hentze

Heidi Hentze

Unique pieces of porcelain and stoneware with thin geometry.


Nynne Rosenkrantz Christiansen

Unique pieces of crystal glasses, stoneware and porcelain.

Sara Jeffries​

Sara Jeffries

Unique pieces of stoneware.

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The project HEPHAESTUS expected impact on Bornholm ecosystem

It is expected that the green Living Lab will be established to facilitate new collaborations across the craft sector on Bornholm to support the transition to a circular economy and increase the resource utilization. The outcomes of the project will allow craftmakers to overcome several challenges and ensure that craftmakers can use their skills and knowledge to the full potential and ensure sustainable and profitable business from selling their products throughout the year.

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Responsible for the HEPHAESTUS project ecosystem in Bornholm, Denmark

Cecilie is responsible for the Bornholm ecosystem in the context of the Horizon Europe project HEPHAESTUS. If you are a craftmaker and you would like to be involved in the project, do not hesitate to contact her. You can contact Cecilie also if you would like to establish a collaboration or know more about this ecosystem.

Cecilie Zingenberg

“I believe that BOFA’s participation in this initiative, the establishment of the Living Lab, and the various endeavors undertaken throughout the project will yield a notably favorable impact on Bornholm’s community of craftmakers and artists. Undoubtedly, it will open new opportunities, not only within the local ecosystem but also in a broader context, thereby enriching their artistic pursuits.”

Cecilie Zingenberg | Project Manager The Regional Municipality of Bornholm BOFA