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Astrid Dahl’s love of working with clay began as a student under the tutelage of Hendrik Stroebel at the Durban Technikon of KwaZulu-Natal in 1995. She moved to Nottingham Road in 1999 where she crossed paths with design guru and creative director Neville Trickett, who introduced her to the botanical photography of Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932). This triggered the start of her ever-evolving journey with clay. She drew inspiration from the German photographer’s juxtaposition of symmetry and abstraction, simplicity and complexity, interpreting the imagery into monumental monochromatic forms that have an iconic presence.  

Blossfeldt’s monotone prints determined that she would work with white clay as she felt that it creates a pure canvas for light and dark to shape the piece, capturing the presence of the flora by which it is inspired. While Astrid starts with a drawing, the piece changes in the making; clay, to a degree has a life of its own. Her large-scale works challenge the boundaries of clay, capturing the twisting organic forms she finds in nature in high-fired earthenware.  

Astrid Dahl
Black Botanic

Black clay
50 x 50 x 54 cm
Unique

Astrid Dahl
Black Botanic

Black clay
50 x 50 x 54 cm
Unique

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Astrid Dahl
Bronze Campanula Flower – Large

Highly polished and patinated bronze
63 x 63 x 44 cm
Edition of 10 + 2 APs

Astrid Dahl
Bronze Campanula Flower – Large

Highly polished and patinated bronze
63 x 63 x 44 cm
Edition of 10 + 2 APs

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Astrid Dahl
Bronze Campanula Flower – Small

Highly polished bronze
37.5 x 37 x 23.5 cm
Edition of 15 + 2 APs

Astrid Dahl
Bronze Campanula Flower – Small

Highly polished bronze
37.5 x 37 x 23.5 cm
Edition of 15 + 2 APs

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Astrid Dahl
Campanula

White earthenware
55 x 55 x 45 cm
Edition of 10

Astrid Dahl
Campanula

White earthenware
55 x 55 x 45 cm
Edition of 10

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Astrid Dahl
Discomedusae

White earthenware clay
45 x 45 x 53 cm
Edition of 10

Astrid Dahl
Discomedusae

White earthenware clay
45 x 45 x 53 cm
Edition of 10

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Astrid Dahl
Organic Tendril

White earthenware clay
40 x 40 x 40 cm
Unique

Astrid Dahl
Organic Tendril

White earthenware clay
40 x 40 x 40 cm
Unique

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Astrid Dahl
Paphiopedilum Armeniacum

White earthenware clay
40 x 40 x 72 cm
Unique

Astrid Dahl
Paphiopedilum Armeniacum

White earthenware clay
40 x 40 x 72 cm
Unique

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Astrid Dahl
Untitled

White earthenware clay
30 x 30 x 70 cm
Unique

Astrid Dahl
Untitled

White earthenware clay
30 x 30 x 70 cm
Unique

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