Katrín V. Karlsdóttir - Kvalka
Katrín lærði leirlist í Listaháskóla Íslands eftir að hafa náð nokkrum þroska í aldri og rekur nú vinnustofuna sína í Kópavogi sem hún nefnir KvalkaKeramik. Áður hafði hún útskrifast úr Kennaraháskóla Íslands sem smíðakennari og kenndi meðal annars útskurð í mörg ár. Það má glöggt sjá áhrif frá þeim tíma í verkum hennar. En verkin bera einnig merki tilraunastarfsemi og nýungagirni þar sem eitt tekur við af öðru og Katrín tekur því fagnandi þegar eitthvað óvænt gerist í sköpunarferlinu því þá verða nýjar hugmyndir til. Hvert verk Katrínar er einstakt, formað í höndunum og búið til með alúð og ánægju.
Katrín is Ceramic artist, an amateur photographer, preschool teacher, nature lover with interest in health, recycling and the culture of Viking age.
Her workshop is in her home. She is the only one working there, doing all the work herself and enjoying it. Mostly she changes mud to mugs. Her pieces of Art are usually one of a kind. Formed in her hands with great care and joy as counterbalance to all the mass production in the world. She likes it when "things" happens while she is creating. Then a new idea can be born.
She graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001 and was by then already turning forty. She took time to get to the place where she belong and experienced a lot on the way.
She graduated from Iceland University of Education as a young woman and has been teaching in kindergarten during the wintertime, along with making pottery in her studio. she also learned woodcarving and worked many years teaching it and you can clearly see the impact of that in her ceramics.