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Arabia Finland, Raija Uosikkinen

Arabia Finland, Emilia Platter

Arabia Finland, Raija Uosikkinen

Raija Uosikkinen (1923- 2004) worked as a painter and decoration designer at Arabia Finland 1947-1986.  She and Esteri Tomula were pivotal to the success of Arabia Finland when the product lines were revamped in the later 1940s and 1950s.  Kaj Franck was responsible for most of the forms or shapes which the designs by Raija and Esteri were added to.

The very popular design “Ali” by Raija Uosikkinen designed in 1964 was produced until 1975. It came in both Blue and Brown variations, but the blue seems to be the more popular. “Ali” was also the last design on copperplate from the Arabia Finland factory.

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Blue, Large Jug

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Blue, Large Jug

The large jug in Ali design above is currently for sale on Etsy HERE

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Blue, Large Platter

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Blue, Large Platter

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Blue, Large Bowl

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Blue, Large Bowl

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Brown

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Brown Plate

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Brown

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Brown

One of Raija’s most coveted , and now most expensive designs to purchase on the secondary market is the beautiful “Emilia” which was produced c1957-1966. It features charming crisp black and white graphics of a whimsical nature – some purported to be about the daily life of Uosikkinen´s American aunt’s life. Other motifs feature garden scenes, market scenes, and other depictions of daily life. The graphics remind me a lot of Turi Gramsted Olivers “Market” design for Figgjo Norway, but have Uosikkinens unique and expressive style.

Arabia Finland, Emilia Platter

Arabia Finland, Emilia Platter

Arabia Finland, Emilia, Square Bowl

Arabia Finland, Emilia, Square Bowl

Arabia Finland Emilia Large Cup

Arabia Finland Emilia Large Cup

Arabia Finland Emilia Large Cup Side View

Arabia Finland Emilia Large Cup Side View

Amongst hundreds of other patterns Raija designed were “Pomona”, “Polaris”, “Linnea”, “Sotka” and “Kalevala” Annual plates from 1976. Raija also designed the Christmas plates series from 1978.

 

Arabia Sotka

Arabia Sotka – Photo FinnishVintageOasis Etsy

Her “Pomona” series is also very collectable and popular on places like Etsy, Ebay and other retailers of vintage design.

Arabia Finland, Pomona - Plum Jar

Arabia Finland, Pomona – Plum Jar

Arabia Finland, Pomona - Strawberry Board

Arabia Finland, Pomona – Strawberry Board

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