Eje Öberg 1929-2000

Eje Öberg was born in Helsink, Finland on 3rd August 1929. He was a Swedish potter and painter.

Öberg’s parents were Nils Öberg and Signe Lorentzon. His grandfather, Thure Öberg (1872-1935) was a designer at the Arabia porcelain factory in Helsinki. Founded in 1874, the Arabia porcelain was a branch of the Swedish Rörstrand factory. Arabia passed into Finnish ownership in 1916. In the 1930s, Arabia was Europe's largest porcelain factory with over 1500 workers.

Öberg married Margaret Gunn in 1953.

Öberg had no formal art training. In 1955, he was employed by Gustav Porslinsfabrik as a ceramist at the Gustavsberg porcelain factory. Öberg worked under Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) and soon became a potter and specialist enamel painter. During his time at Gustavsberg (1955-1971) Öberg worked alongside Lisa Larsson (b.1931 and Britt-Louise Sundell-Nemes (1928-2011). In 1957, Öberg became the director of Gustavsbergs Enamel Gallery

In the early 1960s Öberg travelled to Finland, Switzerland, Paris and the Soviet Union. He exhibited, both his ceramics and paintings throught Sweden - most notably at Gustavsberg in 1955, Malmö Museum 1961-62 and the Stockholm National Museum in 1963, 1963 and 1966.

Examples of Öberg’s works are held at the Nationalmuseum (National Museum) and the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm, The National Museum of Decorative Arts (Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum) in Trondheim, Norway and at the Gustavsberg Porcelain Museum.

Eje Öberg died in 2000, aged 71.

Eje Öberg