Ceramics & Sculpture
Björk Haraldsdóttir is a ceramic artsit living and working in West Dorset. She moved from her native Iceland in 1987 to Glasgow to study Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture (Glasgow School of Art). Since graduating with a first class honors degree and a Masters in Architecture Björk has worked for renowned London Architects such as Richard Rogers, Hawkins Brown and Bennetts Associates. Ceramics has always been an interest but has not been a full time occupation until in the last 4 years after courses in ceramics at the East Finchley Art Institute in London and then further courses in Dorset and Somerset since she relocated from London in 2011.
She mainly hand-builds in Stoneware clay. The work is tactile in texture and quality and many pieces are made to be touched and handled. Because of the hand-built nature of the pieces, no two vessels or owls or eggs are the same. Each piece is unique. Her Nordic heritage is evident in the patterning and texture of her ceramics. Influence is often taken from old Icelandic and Celtic knitting and stitching patterns, as well as floor tiles and textures in nature. Architectonic forms play a strong part where the background in Architecture is evident. Her work keeps evolving and the studio is always full of new pieces ready to go in the kiln.
Outside of Open Studios, Björk can be contacted regarding a studio visit, commissions and purchasing of availble items.
Portmanteau Gallery, 10 North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ
The gallery is located on North Street which runs North from West Street. Parking is in Wykes Court on Rax Lane.
10:30am – 4:30pm
8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 September
Wheelchair access: Yes