Mari Simmulson for Upsala Ekeby
A designer of prolific output, the hand crafted works by Mari Simmuslon embody the spirit and heritage of the Swedish arts and craft culture. Born in 1911 to Estonian parents Simmulson received her formal ceramic education in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. In 1944 Simmulson crossed the Baltic Sea and spent the majority of her working life in Sweden. Her first notable employment was with the well established ceramic firm Gustavsberg where she worked from 1945 to 1949.
Upsala-Ekeby was founded in 1886 Sweden, originally as a brick, tile and porcelain manufacturing company with the majority of the raw clay material sourced from the property as the clay was highly suitable for ceramic production. As manufacturing capabilities improved the demand for domestic building products increased during the 1910s, Upsala-Ekeby employed in-house artists and designers to differentiate themselves from competing firms and eventually branched into a highly succesful range of art and ceramics.
Mari Simmulson joined Upsala-Ekeby in 1949 and worked with the firm until 1972. Her work ranges from glazed and etched earthenware dishes, traditional figurines to delicate plaques and and vases with a focus on floral, face or patterned motifs. There is normally a strong graphic element or focus on the shape of a vessel with colours in muted or tones inspired by nature, allowing the materialty of the medium to be displayed.
We have several great examples of Mari Simmulson's work for Upsala Ekeby currently in our Fitzroy showroom!