Astrid Dahl studied ceramics at university during which time she was introduced to a traditional method of coiling clay by a group of Zulu Potters. This technique enabled her to develop the strength and span needed to support the clay structures she wished to build.
Dahl was also influenced by the monochromatic prints and botanical photography of Karl Blossfeldt. From this inspiration she developed a highly refined style based on the simple organic forms found in nature. With a particular interest in the abstract shapes of orchids, which allow for the interplay of light and shadow. Astrid Dahl works exclusively in white or black clay.