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Embla Sigurgeirsdóttir

Embla Sigurgeirsdóttir Ceramicist
Contact
Icelandic, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+354 6997081
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Searching for harmony

  • • Embla plays with the transparency of the clay
  • • Her pieces are shaped by her environment
  • • Making is often a form of meditation

When Embla Sigurgeirsdóttir came to ceramics at a crossroads in her life, she took a chance along the road of earth and fire. Through working with clay, she has created the life she wants with her own hands. In her studio, a stone’s throw from Hafnarfjarðar Marina, she creates beautifully balanced pieces inspired by the Icelandic landscape. She uses the fragility of porcelain to her advantage; she carefully carves their surface creating patterns that come to life in changing light. The alluring whiteness of porcelain brings challenges, she explains to work with it successfully “you have to communicate with the clay, listen to it”.

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Works

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Blossi

The design of this porcelain lantern was inspired by the vast contrast between light and dark seen during the shifting seasons in Iceland. Embla Sigurgeirsdóttir works the surface texture of the lantern by carving into the design, creating strong patterns that accentuate the interplay between light and shadow.

Height 16.5 cm

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Gola

Through this hand shaped vase, Embla Sigurgeirsdóttir conveys imagery of some of the rugged elements found in Icelandic nature. She carves patterns into the white and delicate surface of the porcelain. Her designs are often inspired by the material itself, drawing on the white and translucent nature of porcelain to accentuate the relationship between light and dark.

Height 21 cm

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Stormur

This elegant vase has been shaped from porcelain and decorated with a black glaze. Through her creations, Embla Sigurgeirsdóttir conveys some of the rugged elements of Icelandic nature, using the formed porcelain vase to carve its delicate surface with light patterns, playing with the boundaries of the material that she likes to push further each time.

Height 21 cm

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Mjöll

Embla Sigurgeirsdóttir creates these white vase from porcelain, decorating the surface with light touches of dark glaze. She works the finished form, carving into it to accentuate the translucent nature of the porcelain. The design is inspired by the rugged elements of Icelandic nature, conveying the strong contrasts between light and dark during the shifting seasons.

Height 18 cm

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