designer Inga Elin has a long period of study behind her. After
graduating from the Reykjavik School of Art, she went on for a five-year
period of study at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. This was followed by
a further five years with Denmark Design in Copenhagen.
Inga Elin has held numerous private exhibitions, as well as in
collaboration with other artists. Her work has been displayed
extenisvely in Iceland as well as abroad (United Kingdom, Sweden,
Norway, Denmark), leading to many prizes and awards throughout her
career. Particular mention must be made of an award bestowed by Queen
Margrethe II of Denmark, which Inga Elin won upon Graduation from
Danmarks Design School. The prize she won was Kunsthandvaerkereprisen
(Arts and Crafts Award of Denmark)
Inga Elin ran the Inga Elin Gallery at 5, Skolavordustigur, in
Reykjavik from 1993 until 2002. She has also been closely involved with
the Icelandic Chefs Competition Team. The restaurants Argentina
Steakhouse and Vox at the Hilton Hotel also own and display many of her
For the past ten years, Inga Elin has designed the statuette Istonn
for the Icelandic
annual music awards.
When Elton John paid a visit to
Iceland in 2007, he visited Inga Elin's gallery and purchased a piece
from her, which she now calls the Elton John Bowl. He was also impressed
with her sculptures, purchasing one of them as well.
Inga Elin works with many types of materials, porcelain, stoneware
and combinations of glass and cement. She creates both functional
objects, as well as sculptures. Her latest project is a series of
ceramic bowls decorated with ash from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in
April and May 2010.