This beautiful work of Brutalist Modern design is by Icelandic pottery Glit. Germany has Fat Lava, France has Foam Lava - Iceland's lava expression was to incorporate real lava into their glaze. The rarity of these pieces comes from the exquisite blending of the glazes. The external glaze of this particular piece is a staggering in shades of rich dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and black coffee brown that diffuses into a reflection of the Sunburst yellow. The external glaze creates an ideal canvas to the surrounding crown of raw real lava. Inside, we find a beautiful graduation of the Sunburst yellow gloss glaze, the core of this glaze graduates outwards, deepening in colour until you reach the sides and rim of the bowl, where the two glazes meet in a delicate diffusion.
It's easy to see why these pieces are sought after and how the skill in creating these pieces is being celebrated. The poetic colour palette of these works reflects the original inspiration that sparked its creation - the Icelandic landscape from which the mineral, clay, and lava were taken from.
Excellent. No cracks or repairs. Mentioned for completeness; there is mild wear on the lava shards of the dish that is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please see photographs as they form part of the condition report. The bowl comes with the original paper label denoting 'Glit, HF, Handmade Lava Ceramics'.
Height: c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm high by c. 5.2" / 13.1 cm diameter (across the widest point) Base diameter: c. 3.3" / 8.3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 455 g
Bowl will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Please note that this listing is for the Glit ceramic pieces only. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Glit Reykjavik Pottery was the only ceramic factory in Iceland when it was founded by Ragnar Kjartansson, sculptor and ceramic artist (b.1923 - d.1989) in 1958. Kjartansson founded Glit together with Einar Eliasson, Pétur Saemundsen. Kjartansson was a member of the Icelandic Sculptors Society, which he established in the Icelandic capital in 1972. 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, was 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 worked at Glit at one point or another, the place became known 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.