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Stefan Andersson

  • Ceramicist
  • Siljansnäs, Sweden
  • Master Artisan
Stefan Andersson Ceramicist
Swedish, English
By appointment only
+46 702741270
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Fire and ice in the Swedish woods

  • • Stefan makes bespoke pottery for homes and restaurants
  • • The fire in his open air kiln must keep burning day and night
  • • He feels a well made object 'reveals the skill of the maker'

The workshop of potter Stefan Andersson stands deep in the woods of central Sweden, where snow envelops everything all winter long, and nature gloriously awakes in summer. Most of his work is wood fired in the open air kiln next to his workshop. “Fire is fascinating, full of life, and in long wood firings clay develops added depth,” he says. The wood for the kiln comes from local suppliers, and he harvests his own natural ingredients, such as earthenware clays, grasses and reeds for making glazes, and other pottery supplies. “When looking at my work, you should expect to see traces. Maybe a fingerprint, ridges from throwing, scars from how they were stacked in the kiln and patterns created by fire. To me they are decorative and very much a part of the piece’s spirit.”

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This earth-coloured stoneware vessel was fired for three days in a traditional anagama-type wood-fuelled kiln. Stefan specialises in crafting stoneware using traditional techniques. He looks at older ceramics for inspiration, combining different methods in a contemporary manner.

Diameter 13 cm

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Bowl II

This stoneware bowl was fired in a saggar kiln for two days. The spots and blushes appearing on the slip are a result of the strong reduction and slow cooling in the kiln. Apparent finger marks or other traces are deliberately maintained on the surface, as Stefan considers them to be an intrinsic part of the vessel’s personality.

Diameter 13 cm

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This stoneware cup was fired in an anagama-type wood-fuelled kiln. Stefan used a traditional Japanese shino glaze for the interior and exterior surfaces, with underlying dark marks breaking through. He likes marks to appear naturally in his works: fingerprints, scars, patterns created by fire. To him they are intrinsic to the final piece, part of its spirit.

Diameter 6 cm

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Stefan draws much of his inspiration from historic works. He likes to combine different elements to lend a contemporary nature to his creations. He specialises in traditional techniques from around the world, especially wood firing. This stoneware vase was wood-fired, and a natural ash glaze formed on the surface.

Diameter 15 cm

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Stefan specialises in using traditional techniques, especially wood firing. He draws inspiration from older ceramics, combining them to give a contemporary feel. These stoneware vessels, covered with slip and porcelain glaze, were fired in a wood oven with a variety of cycles to obtain many different finishes.

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