Overview

Per B Sundberg (b. 1964 Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm) has been called the great rebel of ceramics. His radically innovative and experimental attitude towards the ceramic material and its traditional techniques has been noted internationally. Sundberg’s craftsmanship is renowned and he has created his own mix of clay, glazing and engobes in his works, infusing the historically and conceptually charged material with an organic narrative all of his own. The glazing technique often complicates the relationship between function, decoration and the object and his non-conformist and sometimes provocative pieces are characterized by absurd humour and a desire to challenge accepted norms.

 

His objects are sculpted in stoneware and then covered with clay and glaze, applied with various techniques and tools but they can also be sculpted objects on pre-existing porcelain figurines, often put together in groups that create a narrative. In both cases, the objects are then burned at different stages and temperatures as the layers are applied.

 

His work has been seen in exhibitions at Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, Gothenburg, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall in Norway, Gustavsbergs Konstall, Stockholm and Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, to name a few.

 

In 2018, he collaborated with IKEA and his works are represented in collections such as M+ Hongkong, Magasin III - Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Arizona State University Art Museum, Musée des Art Décoratifs de Montréal, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Buenos Aires, Röhsska Museet, Gothenburg, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Keramiekmuseum Princessehof in the Netherlands among others.

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