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Auður Gunnur Gunnarsdóttir

Auður Gunnur Gunnarsdóttir Ceramicist
Contact
Icelandic, English, Danish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+354 8581850
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From fire and smoke

  • • Auður is inspired by Iceland’s powerful environment
  • • She is driven by searching for the perfect forms
  • • Her work is beautiful and functional

Auður Gunnur Gunnarsdóttir developed an interest in ceramics as a teenager, but it wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she really started to dedicate herself to the material. She began by taking courses, many of them in Denmark, including wheel throwing and raku ceramics at Arhus Academy of Fine Arts. She went on to study ceramics at the Reykjavík School of Visual Art. She worked under Susanne Villemoes for two years, which she says “was one of the most inspiring” experiences. After time spent honing her craft, Auður opened her own ceramic shop and studio in Skörping in Denmark. She now lives and works in Iceland creating work inspired by the country’s rugged landscape.

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Works

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Fura

This slip casted porcelain vase was finished with a transparent glaze to enhance the natural white of the porcleain. The pattern is made and carved to reflect an old wall closet which is stationed in The National Museum of Iceland. Contrasts are used where the carving of the soft tree is transferred on to the hard porcelain.

Height 16.5 cm

Auður Gunnur Gunnarsdóttir Ceramicist
Photo: ©Iris Stefansdottir
Litir náttúrunnar – The colours of nature

This small wheel thrown oval-shaped vase is burnished, and pit fired. Hardwood, saw dust and horse manure were used as combustibles. During the burning process, salt was used as a colouring agent to achieve the most natural look. The colour is earthy and dark at the bottom and brighter on the very top with a yellowish-white colour.

Height 10.5 cm

Auður Gunnur Gunnarsdóttir Ceramicist
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Turkish raku vase

Wheel thrown pear-shaped vase made from white stoneware. The vase is burned in a raku kiln at 900°C with a Turkish glaze inside and out and smoked and reduced in a barrel with saw dust. The colour is a beautiful Turkish blue that contrasts with the black upper half of the vase which was achieved in the smoke chamber.

Height 13 cm

Auður Gunnur Gunnarsdóttir Ceramicist
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Bylgja – Wave

This wheel-thrown vase forms part of the óform series developed around imperfect shapes and lines. The inside of the vase is glazed in black, while the outside is sprayed with a yellow slip colour blended with copper for stronger contrasts.

Height 23 cm

Auður Gunnur Gunnarsdóttir Ceramicist
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Af jörðu – From earth

This wheel thrown vase was burnished and pit fired. Sawdust, hardwood, dried horse manure and newspapers were used during the burning process. The colouring agents are table salt and copper sulphate. A salt dipped string was wrapped around the vase and sprayed to achieve the unique design and colour, a blend of white, black and red. It is hourglass shaped with soft lines.

Height 23 cm

Auður Gunnur Gunnarsdóttir Ceramicist

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