Stoneware and Black & Red Slip, 2018
25cm w x 55cm h x 14cm d
We came across Bjork Haraldsdottir’s ceramics during Dorset Art Weeks two years ago, being instantly attracted to their strong sculptural forms and geometric patterns.
Originally from Iceland, Bjork Haraldsdottir’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 Sliver 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pieces are planned and drawn before they are made and made as they are conceived – glass and steel have long since been replaced by clay.
At the end of last year Bjork’s work was selected by fine artist and furniture designer, John Makepeace OBE as winner of the Applied Arts Prize at the Marshwood Arts Awards (2017). She has recently been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018 co-ordinated by Grayson Perry.
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