THE ITEM Germany has Fat Lava, France has Foam Lava and Iceland has real lava (that can be sharp to touch!) incorporated into their glaze.
The base glaze is a semi-matte dark chocolate brown that has been applied to both the inside and outside of the goblet. The cup of the goblet is overlaid with sweeping brushstrokes of a glossy mocha brown. The theme of the colour palette is a poetic meeting of earthy colours which reflect the Icelandic tundra; the mineral, clay and lava was taken from.
And separating the earth tones is the encircling band of the real lava decor, highlighted in a vibrant convergence gloss scarlet red and pale blue.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or scratches - please refer to photos as part of the condition report. This piece is unmarked, however there are initials painted in gold on the underside and the original 'Made in Iceland' label.
c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm tall by base diameter of c. 2.9" / 7.5 cm. Rim diameter of c. 2.8" / 7 cm.
Weight: c. 0.2 kg / 218 g
NOTES Goblet will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Icelandic Ceramics pottery Glit Reykjavik Pottery is the only ceramic factory in Iceland and was founded by Ragnar Kjartansson, sculptor and ceramic artist (1923 - 1989) on June 10, 1958 together with Einar Eliasson, Pétur Saemundsen. Ragnar was a member of the Icelandic Sculptors Society which he established in the Icelandic capital in 1972 along with others.
Glit was adamantly devoted to utilising Icelandic clay and ground minerals in production during its first decade of operation—especially hardened lava. In many ways the studio, well ahead of its time—making deep impressions in the history of Icelandic ceramic art.
Many of the country’s best-known 20th century artists Glit at one point or another, remembering the place as an artistic breeding ground, especially during the time when Ragnar was in charge of the manufacturing workshop at Othinsgata. Technological advances and the desire to increase production led Glit to shift gears, moving them from Iceland’s history of art and design and into its industrial history.