Lisa Larson (b.1931
From the Lilla Zoo (Little Zoo) series
Stoneware, Gustavsberg Porcelain
3 x 5 ins / 8 x 12.5 cms
Lisa Larson was born in 1931 in the southern Sweden. She is a Swedish ceramicist and designer.
She studied at the College of Crafts and design in Gothenburg 1949-54. Then in 1953 she was employed by Gustavsberg porcelain, an established Swedish Porcelain Factory. At Gustavsberg Porcelain she got a chance to work under a influential ceramist, Stig Lindberg (1916-1982), who supported and encouraged her. She created hundreds of designs from ceramic wares to animal figurines during her 27 year at Gustavsberg. The whimsical, folksy ceramic animals by Lisa Larson are the products that made her world famous. During the 60s-70s she was a prominent PR figure for Gustavsberg.
Her most recognised ceramic animals range are the Lilla Zoo (Little Zoo) 1955 and Stora Zoo 1958. Lilla Zoo series features cats, a dachshund, a horse and a fox. And the Stora Zoo series consists of a bulldog, cow and a donkey. Later in Larsons career, she designed animal figurine sets to raise awareness for endangered species. Such ranges includes the Skasen Series which aims to help northern animals at risk.