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Upsala Ekeby Gefle, Sweden – Arabesk Design

I have had hold of this impressive and very graphic looking design for some time and as often happens designs and designers are revealed over time. Fortunately thanks to Johan on Instagram the design has finally been identified, so Im putting it up here as a reference.

The design is “Arabesk” and It is a very hard to find design from 1959, but the designer is unknown. It was produced at Upsala-Ekeby Gefle in Sweden.

There is a good and concise history of this iconic Swedish company and its iterations on Wikipedia HERE 


Upsala Ekeby Arabesk, Photo Ray Garrod

Upsala Ekeby Arabesk, Photo Ray Garrod


Upsala Ekeby Arabesk, Photo Ray Garrod

Upsala Ekeby Arabesk, Photo Ray Garrod

Charles Voltz – Vallauris Pottery

Charles Voltz (1923-1997) moved to Vallauris France in 1950, where he had a studio for many years. His ceramics was in the typical exuberant mid-century Vallauris style with colourful and often highly textured or patterned glazes.

Vallauris is an area in the Cote d’Azur region of south eastern France and has a long history of Artistic and Ceramics traditions, but is was in the 1950s when Vallauris experienced a new golden age after Picasso went to live in and influence the Arts & Crafts of Vallauris in the late 1940s (and where he stayed until 1955)

Picasso, along with Roger Capron were significant contributors to the profile of Ceramics in Vallauris, together other names such as Roger Collet, Gilbert Portanier, Jean Derval and Charles Voltz.

The pottery in Vallauris during this period was created mainly for the tourist market, and to a smaller extent collectors.

I have come across the work of Charles Votlz a few times here in Australia, in the form of dinner sets or coffee sets. It is simply made with terracotta clay and a low fired glazes. The pieces I have had have either been gloss orange or a gloss red. This seems to have been typical of the type of ware that tourists would purchase from Voltz studio, captivated by the intensity of colour and Voltz striking modernist style.

Charle Voltz Vallauris, Coffee Set. Photo Ray Garrod

Charle Voltz Vallauris, Coffee Set. Photo Ray Garrod

Charle Voltz Vallauris

Charle Voltz Vallauris, Coffee Pot, Originally with Lid. Photo Ray Garrod

Charles Voltz Signature

Charles Voltz Signature, Photo Ray Garrod

Charles Voltz

Charles Voltz Vallauris , Sugar Bowl c Lid, Photo Ray Garrod

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Stig Lindberg Aster

Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was one of Sweden’s most important post war designers who created a number of now iconic 20th Century ceramic designs during his time with Gustavsberg Sweden.

One of the most striking I think is the Aster series of dinnerware he designed – which was released in 1972 in both red and blue variations. It was in production until 1974.

The combination of black outlining of the blue (or red) stylised aster forms really intensifies the boldness and attractiveness of the design. Especially with the contrast against the bright white of the porcelain. This use of black outlining to make a pattern “pop” can be seen in other designs by Lindberg such as “Bersa” (Green and Black)

The Aster series quickly became collectors items and was re-released by Gustavsberg in 2008 – but as with all re-releases, a slightly different pattern with updated forms and shapes. You can compare the original and new releases of the Aster design on the brilliant website of Mother Sweden 


Stig Lindberg Blue Aster, Gustavsberg

Stig Lindberg Blue Aster, Gustavsberg

Stig Lindberg Red Aster, Gustavsberg

Stig Lindberg Red Aster, Gustavsberg – Image via

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