What is Kvalka

Studio pottery

My name is Katrin Valgerdur Karlsdottir and Kvalka ceramic studio is my workplace.

"Kvalka" is my artistic name, made from the first few letters of each of my names.

My studio is located in my home in Kopavogur, Iceland. I´m the only one working there, doing all the work myself and enjoying it.

I use fire to give most of my work life. It is a constant battle for survival or destruction. But when there is a victory the result can be an astonishing beautiful tribute to life with all its colors.


I graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001 and was by then already turning forty. I took my time to get to the place where I belong, experienced a lot on the way and have more to explore.

As a young woman, I graduated from the Iceland University of Education and have been teaching 5-year-olds in preschool during the wintertime, along with making pottery in my studio.

My pieces of Art are one of a kind. Formed in my hands with great care and joy as a counterbalance to all the mass production in the world. I like it when "things" happen while I'm creating. Then a new idea can be born.

Katrin V. Karlsdottir Ceramic artist

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