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Berndt Friberg

ultra fine ceramics, hand-thrown and hand-glazed by the artist


miniature bowl: 5,5 diam. x 3,4 h cm

signed Friberg and Gustavsbergs studio signature

dated with letter Ö: 1958


small bowl: 7,5 diam. x  6 h cm

signed Friberg and Gustavsbergs studio signature

dated with letter Ä: 1957


Both bowls are unique,  in wonderful condition, no chips or damages, some age wear.

Berndt Friberg - 1950's set of 2 ceramic bowls

SKU: 2022_BF_001_001
425,00€ Regular Price
415,00€Sale Price
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  • Berndt Friberg (1899-1981) was a Swedish ceramic artist who was particularly active during the 1950s. He was known for his mastery of form and his geometric and glossy glazes. He is also credited, along with his mentors Wilhelm Kåge and Stig Lindberg, with bringing Gustavsberg’s G-Studio into the Golden Age of pottery.

    In 1934, Friberg began working as a thrower for the Swedish ceramic artist Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960) at the Gustavsberg porcelain factory. Kåge, who was the artistic directory, became a mentor and friend to Friberg. In 1941 Friberg had his first exhibition in Stockholm with Stig Lindberg and ceramic artist Calle Blomkvist (1902-1983).

    A perfectionist, Friberg was adamant about throwing all his own pieces by hand, one at a time, and discarding any that didn’t meet his exacting standards. Friberg was hugely influenced by Japanese and Chinese art, and followed in their tradition of applying his glazes by hand, often layering them, to achieve structure and depth in his pieces. His signature glaze was known as the haresfur glaze.  In 1944, Friberg opened his own studio in Gustavsberg’s Studio, known simply as G-Studio. Initiated by Kage in 1942, G-Studio was an independent art city located inside of the factory, where the artists could have the freedom to develop new series.

    In 1951, Friberg had his first solo exhibition, which was held at the Artium Exopse in Gotheburg, Sweden. The show was well-received and Friberg garnered interest from many notable people, including King Gustav VI Adolf, who became an avid collector of Friberg’s work, owning more than 100 of his pieces. 

    During the 1960s, when Swedish stoneware developed into a more rustic and heavier style,