Upsala Ekeby Kosmos – Berit Ternell
The Kosmos series was designed by Berit Ternell, for Upsala Ekeby-Gefle (Sweden) and produced between 1966 – 1977.
I love the shapes, and the glaze colour of a deep transparent blue with the brown clay showing through on the ridges.
Kosmos came in 2 colour décors – this blue/brown and a green/brown which is much less common.
The following background on Berit Ternell I’ve managed to glean from the Swedish Wikipedia and the Upsala Ekeby Museum site .
Berit Ternell began an apprenticeship at the age of 15 as an apprentice in ceramic design at Stenebyskolan, continuing education she had received at the Society for Industrial school in Gothenburg . She was an intern at Upsala-Ekeby Ltd. and also worked abroad during the 1950s including some time at TG Green in the UK. She was also employed at Bofajans before she worked for a long period be 1957 – 1971 at Gävle Porslinsfabrik where she was chief designer. After working at Gävle, Berit taught at the Industrial Art School (HDK) in Gothenburg for over 20 years. She was also affiliated with the Rorstrand and Reijmyre glassworks. During the 1960s. Berit received a number of scholarships and awards for her designs, including an international award for KOSMOS in Holland in 1967.
I have been unable to find an image of the green “Kosmos”, however the same forms of Kosmos were also used on a design called “Cuba” during the same production period. The glaze is a matt speckled brown – very similar in tones and variations to Arabia Finland “Ruska”. Read more