Sven Wejsfelt, Gustavsberg "Unique stoneware vase with blue Aniara glaze"

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Seller: niclas11329 (327) 83.3%, Location: Stockholm, n/a, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 172168626013 A unique stoneware vase in a beautiful semi glossy blue glaze with elements of purple "Aniara". Made by Swen Wejsfelt for Gustavsberg in 1983. Incised signature "G(hand) Swen -83" Height 14 cm (5 1/2") Width 8 cm (3 1/8") Excellent condition, minor production glaze flaws. Designer:Sven WejsfeltProducer:GustavsbergCountry:SwedenYear:1980's (K00631) ---------------------------------- Sven Wejsfelt, Johansson was born in 1930 and died March 17, 2009. He was a Swedish ceramic artist, pottery maker, sculptor and glaze makers. Sven Wejsfelt worked at Rorstrand (1946-1953) and at Gustavsberg (1953-2008). He worked in a classic stoneware tradition with thin-thrown forms and exquisite glazes. Style-rate models were Rorstrands Gunnar Nylund and Berndt Friberg for Gustavsberg. Sven Wejsfelt started to work at the age of 16 at Rorstrand in 1946. He was talented in drawing and found work as a porcelain painter, but he did not like it. After six months, he was instead a pottery making apprentice at the factory's art department. As trained artist, Wejsfelt mainly worked for Gunnar Nylund, whose series of stoneware called for a rapid and excessive production rate. The hundreds of identical shapes that occurred in the young pottery maker’s hands became effective and indelible form training. Wejsfelt also throw for Rorstrands other artists; Hertha Bengtsson, Marianne Westman, Sylvia Leuchovius and Carl-Harry Stålhane. Wejsfelts first own objects were made as private tests during breaks at work. In 1953, he was employed as a turner for Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. Here he changed his name to Wejsfelt because it already worked four Sven Johansson at the factory. He performed most of the duties in the studio; throwing, molding, decorative work, ceramic ornaments, typesetting of furnaces etc. Since Stig Lindberg was busy in many places, including as a teacher at College of Arts, Sven Wejsfelt got the trust to develop new products in the "Stig Lindberg-style". They both also got to sign Stig Lindberg's art. From the mid-1960s Wejsfelt signed most of Lindberg's art goods. Wejsfelt developed many of the glazes that are currently associated with Lindberg's art goods, eg. a green-blue iridescent glaze from the early 1960s. Also production of Stig Lindberg miniatures started by Wejsfelt, who thrown thumbnails for Gunnar Nylund at Rorstrand. The cooperation with Lindberg lasted for 17 years, until 1970, when a rupture occurred when dinnerware shapes that later became Lindberg's blockbuster Birka-service (1973). Wejsfelt became director of Gustavsberg Studio. In 1977 he became a potter in his own name with collections of stoneware pottery and molded fish and animal figures. In 1987, he exhibited with other artists in the exhibition Gustavsberg Studio. Typical Wejsfelt expression is cornflower blue, haresfur glazes in different colors, bold oxblood and delicate blue and pale yellow glazes. Thumbnails were his specialty. Sven Wejsfelt was a potterers potter, popular with collectors and stoneware enthusiasts. In autumn 2007 a retrospective exhibition showed at Gallery Simply Modern in Copenhagen. During his last year Wejsfelt stepped down business, sold his glazes, closed the studio, but continued to work at home with various art projects. He died of heart problems in March 17, 2009. Sven Wejsfelt is considered to be one of the last Swedish ceramists who developed and brought on the Chinese based stoneware tradition that flourished in Sweden during the 1930's and 60's. His stoneware objects are included in several museum collections, including The Copper-Hewitt Museum in New York, the Ceramic Museum in Faenza, and in many individuals' collections. In October 2009, a retrospective memorial exhibition of Sven Wejsfelt opened at Gustavsberg Porcelain Museum. Condition: Excellent condition, minor production glaze flaws.

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