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Björk Haraldsdóttir: Álfadans – Set of 6 Geometric Vessels

Björk Haraldsdóttir: Álfadans – Set of 6 Geometric Vessels
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White Stoneware and Black/Grey Slip

60 x 22 x 11cm
54 x 20 x 10cm
53 x 18 x 8cm
52 x 18 x 8cm
43 x 11 x 5cm
43 x 11 x 5cm


This group will be on show at Artefact Contemporary Craft Fair - Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and ready for delivery from 30th June

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‘Álfadans’ is a set of six pots which are inspired by Icelandic folklore and mythological tales.
Huldufólk (hidden folk) are supernatural beings referred to as Álfar or Elves, although they are nothing like the image the word elf might conjure in Britain. Álfar are tall, strong and handsome people of another world, who sometimes appear at midnigth and especially on New Years Eve. They are often feared by humans and dissapearences of people and animals were commonly blamed on Álfar.

The garments worn by Álfar were believed to be elaborate and the females, Álfkona, were believed to wear long dresses adorned with rich pattern. They would host dances on New Years Eve and if a human was exposed to them they would be invited to dance, but were seldom seen again in this world after taking part in Álfadans

Originally from Iceland, Björk Haraldsdóttir’s ceramic vessels explore the conversation between the pseudo perfection of geometric pattern and the tactile impurity of hand modelled clay. In each vessel she deliberately creates warped planes through careful pattern cutting and jointing of would-be flat slabs of clay so that her vessels become slightly off-kilter, beguiling the viewer The strong geometric patterning and both natural and architectural forms that make Bjork’s work instantly recognisable is heavily influenced by her past. The artist studied architecture at The Glasgow School of Art (where she collected the Glasgow Silver Medal for Architecture) and worked in the industry for over 20 years for a number of renowned architects including Richard Rogers before exploring her passion for ceramic forms. She works with the clay as she trained, pieces are planned and drawn before they are made and made as they are conceived – glass and steel have long since been replaced by clay.

Read our interview with Björk Haraldsdóttir here

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