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Modern Form: Scandinavian Cermamics 1930s



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Modern Form: Scandinavian Cermamics 1930s –1960s
New exhibition features Sandinavian ceramics from Sweden, Denmark, and Finland


San Francisco – Ceramics, an essential component of Scandinavia’s modern design repertoire, reached new heights from the 1930s to the 1960s. Artists working at pottery factories throughout Scandinavia focused on producing inexpensive, functional, and beautiful ceramics for mass production. They also had the unique opportunity to design one-of-a-kind or limited-edition pieces in special studios the factories established for creative pursuits. Other potters and glaze specialists set up small, independent workshops, where they created some of the finest pottery ever produced in Scandinavia.


Sweden’s Wilhelm Kåge (1889–1960), Denmark’s Axel Salto (1889–1961), and Finland’s Kyllikki Salmenhaara (1915–81) worked masterfully in this medium, creating innovative, organic forms reflective of the natural world.   Modern Form: Scandinavian Ceramics 1930s–1960s displays studio pottery by each of these highly distinguished ceramists as well as the work of many of their contemporaries.


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Modern Form: Scandinavian Ceramics 1930s–1960sis located beyond security screening in Terminal 2, Departures Level, San Francisco International Airport.  The exhibition is on view to Terminal 2 ticketed passengers from March 31, 2012 to October 14, 2012.  There is no charge to view the exhibition.


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