Surrounded by ceramic casts a lot of clay and items collected for inspiration, Thora Finnsdottir explores the potentials of clay and ceramic expression for hours on end in her workshop. Her work is driven by a passion for breathing new life into universally known forms. The creative process begins long before she gets her hands on the clay in the workshop, with observations of the world around her, its shapes and structures. From a plastic lid or a road traffic sign to a pebble found on the beach.
"I am fascinated by the way objects possess a story, manmade objects as well as objects designed and transformed by the forces of nature," Thora Finnsdottir explains. She was raised in Iceland and was raised in a rough landscape and the contrasting worlds of city and countryside, which hold a rich creative potential and have inspired strength in her. After graduating from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2009, Thora Finnsdottir established her own ceramic design company, Dottir, a Nordic universe of sweet wilderness and a versatile creative expression.
"For my Dottir universe, I use a casting technique where old objects and forms of the past become building blocks. I collect my building blocks at flea markets and in second-hand shops, and after a long process with experiments and investigation in my workshop, new products arise, where the unconscious recognisability of familiar elements evokes strong feelings and memories."