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Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Swedish ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld in Stockholm has some serious style going on! Up until now Gustaf’s work has been purely conceptual but now there are a very limited number of unique one-of-a-kind pieces sold in his web shop. Want to see? I know, I had you at Swedish and Ceramicist. Sure you want to see!

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

R.p.m candlestick in porcelain

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Mallrik, candleholder in porcelain

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Quake, hand thrown and shaken (not stirred he he) mug in porcelain

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Fable, butter knife holder in colored porcelain

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Grab (mini hook) porcelain.

About his work Gustaf says that he is trying to, “counter conventional ideas of beauty by making intriguing and sometimes grotesque works with naturalistic power and personality.” He further relates, “This aesthetic and philosophical idea differs from the accepted parameters of Swedish studio ceramics and the result questions the Scandinavian minimalism.”

These are all a delight to look upon, the candle holder really caught my eye. What about you?

(images: Karin Björkquist – check out her online portfolio by the way.)

Posted by decor8 in Handmade on January 13, 2010

Your comments...

  1. noelia commented
    January 13th, 2010 at 5:17pm

    it’s SO beautiful!! i totally love it (specially, the candleholder/stick)!!

  2. Joan commented
    January 13th, 2010 at 5:25pm

    I really like this kind of things.

  3. At Home with Kim Vallee commented
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:49pm

    Besides the candleholder, I enjoy the design of the Massif salt shaker. Thanks for sharing this find.
    .-= At Home with Kim Vallee´s last blog ..Cool Wood Storage by AK47 =-.

  4. Brooke H commented
    January 13th, 2010 at 10:27pm

    Great find!!! I love his work! My dads a ceramicist and it always amazed me how easy he made it look whipping things up on his wheel.

    I like the candlestick and candle holder best. :)
    .-= Brooke H´s last blog ..Showerific =-.

  5. Stacey commented
    January 14th, 2010 at 12:50am

    I love those mugs! They look like squished paper cups.
    .-= Stacey´s last blog ..Mapping it out =-.

  6. juliette commented
    January 14th, 2010 at 4:53am

    The candlestick at the top was my favorite – those mugs are pretty stellar too, although before reading your caption I thought they were votives! I like the simple-yet-complex look about his work!
    .-= juliette´s last blog ..Handmade Holidays: Part 1 =-.

  7. diana strinati baur commented
    January 14th, 2010 at 7:12am

    It takes years to make whimsical things that ALSO look professional. Like Picasso, for whom three lines could be a masterpiece. Decades of training go behind that type of develop talent. These ceramics are an example of this. They look deceptively simple, accidental in their aesthetic, but they are anything but.

    I personally like several of these pieces. Thank you once again for the inspiration, Holly.
    .-= diana strinati baur´s last blog ..Piemonte Winter =-.

  8. Jakob Solgren commented
    January 14th, 2010 at 10:49am

    Ive hava used Gustaf Nordenskiöld thing in editorial works.
    They are carefully made . I also know that he has been exhibited in the states.

  9. Lydia, Clueless Crafter commented
    January 14th, 2010 at 11:57am

    Thank you for including the artist’s statement. It opens up an important and integral avenue of thought when we look at objects.
    .-= Lydia, Clueless Crafter´s last blog ..De Sign =-.

  10. Bess commented
    January 14th, 2010 at 2:40pm

    the dog/spoon holder is so cute! on my way to check out the shop now.
    thanks for sharing Holly :)
    .-= Bess´s last blog ..Animal Alphabet Poster =-.

  11. 31everything commented
    January 14th, 2010 at 2:48pm

    omg! So stinkin’ cool! Love it!
    .-= 31everything´s last blog ..File Cabinet Table =-.

  12. kajsa commented
    January 16th, 2010 at 4:28pm

    I love the little knife holder / dog. My absolute favorite.

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