Bjorn Wiinblad

Bjorn Wiinblad b 20 Sept 1918 – d 8 June 2006), between 1934 and 1939 he completed an apprenticeship as a printer. He then studies at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts completing his studies in 1943 it is during this period that he discvers his love of ceramics. Wiinblad works outside normal hours at the workshop of Lars Syberg. The first exhibition of his work is held in Copenhagen in 1945, later in the same year he exhibits in partnership with the Handicrafts guild.

Between 1946 and 1951 Wiinblad establishes himself as a book illustrator, poster designer and as a theatre and stage designer. During in this period he spends some time in Paris working on posters for the American Embassy and begins a long and fruitful collaboration with the Danish Nymølle Ceramics Factory . He establishes his first ceramics workshop in 1951/52 and produces a long series of mainly blue painted and horn decorated works. In 1957 Rosenthal established Studioline and invited Wiinblad to collaborate with them, this collaboration lasted almost 50 years and for a period Wiinblad was Chief Designer.

Wiinblads work is charactorised by whimsical round -faced people dressed in fanciful costumes, the influence of oriental art is clear to see. Museums the world over have Wiinblad’s work in their collections. Among these are the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and Stockholm’s National Museum. His large ceramics and tapestries have been used for hotel decorations in Japan and the United States; for example, he was commissioned by developer Trammell Crow to design five massive Scheherazade tapestries for the Dallas International Apparel Mart, where they were displayed from 1973 until the building was closed in 2004.

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