Berndt Friberg (1899-1981)
Sweden’s master potter, Berndt Friberg was originally employed as thrower to Wilhelm Kåge and Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg’s pottery. His work is sensuous and at it’s best when treated with his characteristic matt glazes in the oriental manner, which were painstakingly applied to achieve an astonishing structure and depth.
Friberg was born to a family of pottery makers and started his career as a youth at Höganäs pottery. From 1944 to his death, he produced ceramics for the legendary Gustavsberg Studio. This workshop was created by Wilhelm Kåge as a platform for artists to independently create unique ceramic art ware.
Friberg threw and glazed all his stoneware vessels himself. He was a perfectionist and did not keep any pieces which were not to his satisfaction.
Berndt Friberg was inspired by traditional Chinese and Japanese glazes when experimenting his way to his significant rabbit’s fur glaze.
Friberg participated in not less than 40 exhibitions, and during his career, that lasted almost half a century, he received many awards including the gold medals at the Milan Triennale in 1948, 1951 and 1954.