Hertha Bengtsson (1917-1993)
Stoneware Footed Dish
Produced Rörstrand c.1955
Incised R (three crowns) Bengtsson SWEDEN
Olive haresfur glaze with blue centre
2 x 6 ins / 4.5 x 14.5 cms
Hertha Bengtsson was born in Blekinge County, Southern Sweden in 1917. She was a Swedish potter and glass artist.
Having originally trained as a school teacher, Bengtsson began work as a porcelain painter at Hackers Porslinsfabrik in 1937. In 1941 moved to Rörstrand where, in 1950, she designed the Blå Eld (Blue Fire) dinner service - one of the most popular services in Sweden, and in 1953, Koka Blå (Koka Blue).
Bengtsson studied for a year (1948) at Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and in the 1950s made study trips to France, England, Italy, Greece, Israel, Lebanon and Egypt
Following a change of ownership ownership at Rörstrand in 1964, Bengtsson moved to Höganäs Ceramics. In the 1970s she also worked in Germany, at Thomas Thomas in Rosenthal. In the 1990s, Bengtsson took up glassmaking. Renting a studio in Strömberg, she created a range of unique works in clear, strong colours.
Hertha Bengtsson died in 1993, aged 76.