Icelandic ceramic

Recently the Museum was donated this coffee set from 1960 which is an elegant example of the collaboration of artists Dieter Roth and Ragnar Kjartansson from a time when Glit was a small workshop in Óðinsgata in downtown Reykjavík. Old Glit, like it is often referred to, lured in young artists that worked on throwing and decorating ceramics under Ragnar’s sturdy direction, Ragnar Kjartansson being the company’s artistic director at the time. Dieter Roth didn’t work at Glit for long, but the pieces he made are much in demand today and no wonder since these are great works of art as evident in this coffee set from the Museum’s collection. The coffee set includes 7 cups and saucers as well as other accessories.

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The Museum of Design and Applied Art is preparing a retrospective of Steinunn Marteinsdóttir’s ceramic works. Steinunn, who lives and works on her art at Hulduhólar in Mosfellsbær, has had a very long and prosperous career and has for a long time been renowned for her elegant yet various contributions to Icelandic ceramic art. Steinunn’s works can be found in many places, including public museums and private collections in Iceland and abroad.

As part of preparations for the exhibition we kindly ask individuals and families that own ceramics by Steinunn to contact the museum so that her works can be sufficiently catalogued. Despite the wide variety of her works, her ceramics are easily identifiable as they are usually marked SM, S Mart or Steinunn.

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A Glimpse of GLIT

On Museum Night the Museum of Design and Applied Art opens an exhibition featuring chosen items from the Glit Pottery from between the years 1958 and 1973. The exhibition places emphasis on the fact that despite its complicated history over many years of operation, Glit was adamantly devoted to utilizing Icelandic clay and ground minerals in production during its first decade of operation—especially hardened lava.

2013-02-08T00:00:00 to 2013-05-26T00:00:00
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