Monday, February 21, 2011


Listvinahus Ceramics Centre, Reykjavík, 2000

Vacation souvenirs often end up in a drawer, or simply discarded. Any thrift or antique store is full of them. But some transcend their initial function; the pieces I've brought home from this shop have managed to continue to grace my existence with their glassy presence. The shop is a friendly and low-key place, the potters work in the open, and don't mind if you linger. Their output ranges from kitschy Viking candle holders to fine-art vases and abstract works. This studio is a multi-generational affair, but is hardly tradition-bound.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Some Chilean Woman said...

I love clay! Chile is full of that kind of art.

Blogger Mary said...

Sigh. Another reason to return to Iceland. I wonder if the clay in Iceland has lots of volcanic content, probably does.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

SWC ~ I've always wanted to go to south South America- Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Maybe in July, when its winter there!

Mary ~ Actually some of their works feature lava, very textured! It's a nice little shop/studio, the guy who runs it (in the picture) is very friendly.

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