In Japan, she is seen as a cult figure. Now lifted Sweden’s most famous ceramist Lisa Larson presented in a solo exhibition at Sweden’s only design museum
Facts: Lisa Larson
Born: september 9, 1931 in Härlunda, Småland
Training: Handicraft Society school Gothenburg 1949-54
Background: Works at Gustavsbergs studio 1954-82, where she worked with both utility goods, unique products and decorative goods. Since then she has worked as a freelance designer for many different producers, among others Duka, Höganäs, Jie-ceramics, Rosenthal, Rörstrand and with its own unique pottery.
Current With a retrospective exhibition at Röhsska, Lisa Larson – Sixty years with ceramic inaugurated today at 17.30, going up to 8/5.
As a young talent was recruited Lisa Larson quickly by Stig Lindberg Gustavsberg porcelain factory, where she standout in almost thirty years of success.
the Little Zoo, ABC girls, Skansen, and All the world’s children are the names of some the series for Gustavsberg that made Lisa Larson to a much loved potters, classics still in production and is now in large part is exported to Japan.
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– the museums and design establishment in Sweden have re Lisa Larson’s work in recent years. In the circuit was not her work in high regard in the past. It was too popular, commercial and decorative to fit in fine salons, says Love Jönsson, curator at the Röhsska Museum and responsible for the large retrospective, Sixty Years of ceramics by Lisa Larson inaugurated today.
Now she back in the same exhibition hall where she made her debut 60 years ago. In 1954, she had just gone out Handicraft Society School in Gothenburg and she and three other craftsmen were invited to exhibit at Röhsska.
– In this exhibition, we want to both highlight the part of her production is unknown, her studio work of unique objects characterized by expressionism and experimentation with clay. We also want to show that many of the mass-produced series actually contains both messages and subjects linked to various social issues.
One of the most obvious examples of this is the sculpture called at the public debate. The assignment was to make a wedding gift and Lisa did a man who lifted a woman but the model did not work, lermannen collapsed and when she did it so that the woman lifted the man. The year was 1968, and many saw it as a contribution to the debate on gender equality.
In several of her models are also a feminist content with images of sisterhood and strong and self-confident women.
– The unique with our show is that we are trying to put her in an art historical and personal-historical context. Previously it was not paired her with Modernism as a movement or with things that have been in time, says Love Jönsson.