Carl Harry Stålhane (1920-1990)
Stoneware vase with semi-matte brown haresfur glaze
Produced by Rörstrand (labeled)
Incised R (three crowns) SWEDEN CHS CEB
6.5 x 6 ins / 16.5 x 15 cms
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Carl Harry Stålhane is a legendary Swedish art ceramist, who originally trained as a painter and sculptor. After 40 years at Rörstrand pottery, he established his own workshop, Designhuset.
Stålhane started work at the Rörstrand factory in 1939. One of his first jobs was to paint earthenware under the guidance
of the expressionist painter Isaac Grünewald. Stålhane was invited to exhibit at the Swedish National Museum alongside Rörstrands creative director, Gunnar Nylund. Stålhanes first exhibits at the Swedish National Museum were critically acclaimed.
By the late 1940s his designs for slender, symmetrical vessels in monochrome, matt glazes (inspired by ancient Chinese Sung ceramics) were receiving international attention. He continued to design these elegant pieces, alongside tableware for factory production. Stålhane was promoted to art director and chief designer of Rörstrand, succeeding Gunnar Nylund.
In 1973 Stålhane left Rörstrand and opened his own studio, Designhuset, with the assistance of his master thrower, Kent Ericsson. Stålhane was in the middle of arranging a new exhibition when he died peacefully in 1990.