Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

January 13, 2010

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.)


  • Reply noelia January 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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

  • Reply Joan January 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I really like this kind of things.

  • Reply At Home with Kim Vallee January 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Brooke H January 13, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Stacey January 14, 2010 at 12:50 am

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

  • Reply juliette January 14, 2010 at 4:53 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply diana strinati baur January 14, 2010 at 7:12 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply Jakob Solgren January 14, 2010 at 10:49 am

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

  • Reply Lydia, Clueless Crafter January 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply Bess January 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply 31everything January 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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

  • Reply kajsa January 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

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

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