This summer, ten ceramic works by Ulla and Gustav Kraitz will be added to the sculpture terrace. All the works are in frost-resistant stoneware with exquisite, unique glazes inspired by pottery from the Sung and Ming dynasties.
Ulla and Gustav Kraitz are among Sweden’s most famous ceramicists. They have developed a technique for firing very large pieces in the kiln Gustav built after studying Chinese kilns. They wanted to achieve shimmering glazes like those of the Chinese Sung period and needed a kiln that could be fired with both wood and coal. The result is the most sublime ox-blood, celadon and cobalt glazes.
The Kraitz couple have received many public commissions for clients including the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen (1981), Norrvikens Trädgårdar (from 1984), the Wallenberg Monument at the UN building in New York (inagurated in 1998), Södertull in Malmö (2002), the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden outside the De Young Museum in San Francisco (2003), the Raul Wallenberg bench near the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm (2012), to name but a few. They are currently working of the completion of the Birgit Nilsson monument in Båstad, inaugurated on 17 May.
The artistic careers of Gustav (b. 1926 in Miskolc, Hungary) and Ulla Kraitz (b. 1936 in Stockholm) have been interwoven since their marriage in 1961. Their first joint exhibition was at the Röhsska Museum in 1965. Over the years, they have been featured in nearly one hundred exhibitions, and their oeuvre is represented in many Swedish and international museum art collections.