Harald Eric Nordvold
Hand made, high fired, functional and decorative pottery, featuring my own unique and colorful glazes.
Bowls, vases, mugs, and more.
I have been a potter for over 40 years, making functional entirely handmade porcelain and stoneware bowls, mugs, vases, trays, and more under the name Viking Pottery. I split my time between Santa Rosa, where my studio is located, and Gualala, where I draw inspiration from the colors and energy of the natural environment. My passion for beautiful glazes has fueled my dedication to pottery, drawing from my background in chemistry and decades of observing the rich heritage of potters and ancient cultures worldwide. I have created all my own glazes, and their careful formulation along with the reduction atmosphere of a high fire kiln of my own construction creates the magical alchemy that brings life and spirit to my work. In recent years I have experimented with a variety of textural effects. In addition to luminous blues and multicolored glazes, I am known for my wood ash glazes, which create patterns inspired by the currents and forests of the sea and the land.
Most of my work is hand thrown on the potter's wheel, with sensitivity to form and function. I get great satisfaction from creating pieces that people enjoy using and appreciate on a daily basis. I also make square and rectangular trays and vases from slabs of clay that reflect a more contemporary aesthetic.
I grew up in San Francisco and was influenced as a craftsperson by my father, a Norwegian immigrant who built cabinetry, furniture, and even his own skis from wood, and my mother, who came from South Africa and worked with her hands as a dressmaker. I received my BA from Sonoma State College and have taught pottery there and at the Mendocino Art Center. I look forward to meeting and sharing my work with you on this year's Tour!
Directions to Studio 16 at 46701 Collins Landing Road, Gualala. Turn inland at mile marker 3.59 onto Collins Road, (north of Gualala, just north of St. Orres & about 1 mile south of Anchor Bay) #46701 is approximately 1/3 mile up the road, on the right.
Studio Tour Hours:
August 27 & 28 September 3-5
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Otherwise, it is open by appointment only. Contact me for arrangements.