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Berndt Friberg (1899-1981) Sweden’s Most Noted Ceramicist

Berndt Friberg, in the world of Scandinavian ceramic design, he is just plain famous, there are no other words to describe this illustrious designer of the 20th century.  Perfection was in his blood and in his hands, creating delicate forms with magnificent glazes put him on the forefront of Swedish ceramic design. Friberg worked for Gustavsberg factory (a Swedish porcelain company) from 1934 until his death in 1981.

Friberg was born in 1899 into a family of noted potters in Höganäs, Sweden. He started as an apprentice in pottery at the age of 13 in Höganäs, and continued to work for various studios until he was 35, developing and perfecting his pottery skills. In 1934 he joined Gustavsberg working as a thrower and an apprentice to the famed art director, Wilhelm Kåge. In 1944, he started producing his own line of pottery at Gustavsberg.

Friberg’s technical perfection along with his simplicity of form and the use of glazes, plus his attention to detail was perfected during his endles…