Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

Retail Gallery Exhibition

Björk Haraldsdóttir

23 October 2021 – 9 January 2022

My professional background in architecture is a strong influence on my work and has been formative on how I construct. I liken my work to small architecture with no brief and no client.

Form and pattern are individually and equally important and my work is defined by the interaction of these very distinct attributes. There is an ambiguity in the pieces with the pattern acting to disguise the shape of the vessel. The pattern type significantly alters the perception of a piece’s geometry and any given base shape will appear dramatically different when rendered with alternative patterns. The end result of a piece sets up a visual conversation between the pseudo-perfection of geometric pattern and the tactile impurity of hand-manipulated clay.

The tactile nature of my work is intentional; an invitation to touch. I am constantly working into each piece ‘making stitches’ or lines of weave and the result is often cloth-like in appearance. The scrape marks are visible and the surface is a plane of shallow relief, like an elaborate braille or a tapestry.

All works available to purchase