Carl-Harry Stålhane (19201990)
Brown and orange glaze
Produced by Rörstrand Incised R (three crowns) SWEDEN CHS SVR
9 x 2.5 ins / 22 x 6.5 cms
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Carl Harry Stålhane (1920-1990)
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, and one of his first jobs was to paint earthenware under the guidance of the expressionist painter Isaac Grünewald. As a result of this collaboration, Stålhane was invited to an exhibition at the Swedish National Museum with his teacher Gunnar Nylund, creative leader of the Rörstrand factory at the time. Stålhanes first exhibits at the Swedish National Museum received critical acclaim.
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 taking over from 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.