Thora Finnsdottir - Ceramic artist

A CERAMIC TALE

The Danish-Icelandic ceramic artist Thora Finnsdottir has interpreted the unique ECCO SHAPE technology and its graceful expression in a one-of-a-kind artwork. Like every single work from the artists hand it reflects her highly experimental and investigative approach to ceramic design where she draws on the tales and traditions of Scandinavian design.

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."

Thora Finnsdottir works as a Ceramicist, designer and artist and loves to challenge both materiality and the beholder's senses and perceptions. For the artistic ceramic interpretation of the ECCO SHAPE technology, she plunged herself into an in-depth exploration of the feeling of lightness, the graceful expression and the tale of shoemaking using paper sketches and models before finally sculpting her vision in clay. A one-of-a-kind artwork that reflects the close bond between craft and creative art, which was also a key inspiration to ECCO's founder, Karl Toosbuy.

"As a material, clay holds immense potential. Both clay and leather are amazing materials that point back in time to the very first things shaped by human hands and still play important roles in our daily life as elements in our houses, furniture, clothing and shoes," Thora Finnsdottir points out and continues: "The deep appreciation of the value of materials and craftsmanship is closely connected to a Scandinavian spirit and age-long tradition that combines high ambitions of being innovative front-runners with the ability to look inward and pursue softer values."

It is the interplay between the tangible material and the human mind and hand that breathes life and elegance into crafted objects. Be it a graceful SHAPE shoe in leather or a ceramic tale about it.

 
 

"As a material, clay holds immense potential. Both clay and leather are amazing materials that point back in time to the very first things shaped by human hands and still play important roles in our daily life as elements in our houses, furniture, clothing and shoes."


Thora Finnsdottir, Ceramic Artist