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“In Höganäs there were no potters. But there was coal. And there was clay. The combination made industrial history when the newly built factory kilns were fired in the 1820s. And so, a farming and fishing community made a world-renowned name in ceramics.

Welcome to Höganäs – heart of the ceramics district!”


Keramiskt center
is a meeting place for arts and crafts in the ceramics district. Our attractive exhibition and sales premises are located in Höganäs, in the heart of the ceramics district.

Our roots are in a living centuries-long ceramics tradition. Here, you will discover studio pottery including art and functional wares created by artists and potters active in northwest Skåne. The centre provides an introduction to the district’s industrial heritage, with coal mines, clay pits and ceramics factories. We have temporary exhibits of work by Swedish and international artists, and a studio workshop where visitors can try their hand at the potter’s wheel or do pottery courses.

Keramiskt Center is the natural starting point for a local ceramics tour, finding that ideal gift or simply pausing to look at works of art. From Keramiskt Center, you can easily find your way to several studios throughout the district. We’ll show you the way.

 

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[cc_tab name=”Shop”]In our gift shop (Butiken) you’ll find art and functional wares by some fifty potters from northwest Skåne. Everything is handmade and locally produced, from classic salt-glazed crocks and jugs to delightful latte mugs and beautiful jewellery.

Click on the images below for getting in contact with the potters directly. You are also welcome to contact us at Keramiskt center if you need further information – and you can always visit our shop at Keramiskt center.

Opening hours at Keramiskt center End of February to mid June: Thursday and Friday 11–17, Saturday and Sunday 11–16. Mid June to August: All days 11–17. September to December: Thursday and Friday 11–17, Saturday and Sunday 11–16.

 

Alffram, Lena
Lena Alffram
Anagrius, Tomas
Tomas Anagrius
Ateljé Källna/Alf Ekberg
Ateljé Källna
Bergman, Angelika
Angelika Bergman
Billinge Krukmakeri
Billinge Krukmakeri
Bolinder, Kjell
Kjell Bolinder
Brosböl Hansen, Bente
Bente Brosböl Hansen
Danielsson Dahlgren, Anette
Anette Danielson-Dahlgren
Ekberg, Jill
Jill Ekberg
Ekberg, Ulf
Ulf Ekberg
Fernstedt, Mia
Mia Fernstedt
Inger Fuchs
Inger Fuchs
Höganäs Drejeri
Höganäs Drejeri
Höganäs Saltglaserat
Höganäs Saltglaserat
Höganäsgruppen
Höganäsgruppen
Butik_Jarlov
Pia Jarlöv
Keramikverkstan
Keramikverkstan
Kimblad, Gunilla
Kimblad keramik
Klaesson, Klas-Göran
Klaes-Göran Klaesson
Kullabygdens Keramik
Kullabygdens Keramik
Lilla kakelfabriken
Lilla Kakelfabriken
Lord, Camilla
Camilla Lord
Lundergren, Wicky
Wicky Lundergren
Malm, Yayoi Kiyota
Yayoi Kiyota Malm
Mölle Krukmakeri
Mölle Krukmakeri
Nilsson, Frida
Frida Nilsson
Nilsson, Sofia
Sofia Nilsson
Olsson, Kerstin
Kerstin Olsson
Olsson, Lena
Lena Olsson
Persson, Titti G
Titti G Persson
Pott, Greta
Greta Pott
Raus Stenkärlsfabrik
Raus Stenkärlsfabrik
Rindeskog, Peter
Rindi Keramik
Segerson, Bissa G
Bissa G Segerson
Sireköpinge Stengods
Sireköpinge stengods
Stenqvist,Tove
Tove Stenqvist
Stenström, Gunnar
Gunnar Stenström
Svensson, Birgitta
Birgitta Svensson
Thornblad, Ove
Ove Thornblad
Tillberg, Kerstin
Kerstin Tillberg
Valdix Collection
Valdix Keramik
Annette von Fürstenberg
Annette von Fürstenberg
Wallåkra Stenkärlsfabrik
Wallåkra Stenkärlsfabrik
Åberg, Kerstin
Kerstin Åberg
Åbergs Krukmakeri
Åbergs Krukmakeri
Åkerberg, Marianne
Marianne Åkerberg

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[cc_tab name=”Exhibitions”]In the Gallery (Galleriet) and Exhibition Hall (Utställningshallen) we present new exhibits by renowned potters and young, newly established crafts-people who are taking ceramics in new directions. Exhibitors come from Sweden, Denmark and other countries throughout the world. We vary the artistic content with shows of a more thematic character.

The Factory (Fabriken) features permanent exhibits of the ceramics heritage in Höganäs. Large factories such as Höganäsbolaget and Höganäs Keramik have placed Höganäs on the ceramics world map. The knowledge has been passed on thanks to the many small studios in the area. Our historical section gives an introduction to how and why the ceramics district has made its name and reputation.

 

Programme 2015:

EXHIBITION HALL (UTSTÄLLNINGSHALLEN)

28 February 2015–3 January 2016
SALT – en utställning om saltglaserad keramik
Sweden’s first salt kiln was fired in northwest Skåne more than 250 years ago. As early as 1749, scientist Carl von Linné (Carl Linnaeus) described vessels fired in a test kiln in Boserup, near Ekeby, as ”the first to be made in Sweden and as beautiful as anything made abroad”.

 

GALLERY (GALLERIET)

28 February–12 April
Lasse Östman

18 April–7 June
Johan Bjärntoft: Naturens kärna

13 June–27 September
5 Hertha Bengtson-stipendiater

10 October 2015–3 January 2016
Yayoi Kiyota Malm: Sällsamma vänner

 

THE FACTORY (FABRIKEN)
Features permanent exhibits of the ceramics heritage in Höganäs. Large factories such as Höganäsbolaget and Höganäs Keramik have placed Höganäs on the ceramics world map. Our historical section gives an introduction to how and why the ceramics district has made its name and reputation.

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[cc_tab name=”Workshop”]In the Workshop (Verkstaden) we offer hands-on activities and courses at various levels. This is the ideal place to turn pottery and sculpt. We also fire and glaze. The Workshop can be booked for group activities and events by companies or private parties.

Please contact us for further information at info@keramisktcenter.se
or phone +46 42 33 01 80.

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[cc_tab name=”Conference”]In the midst of our exhibits is a conference room (konferensrum) that is ideal for smaller groups (up to 30 people) to meet in a calm and inspiring
setting. The room is equipped for film showings, presentations and lectures. Meals, beverages, coffee and refreshments can be ordered in conjunction with booking of conferences and group visits. We’ll arrange everything according to your needs.

Please contact us for further information at info@keramisktcenter.se
or phone +46 42 33 01 80.

 

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[cc_tab name=”About Keramiskt Center”]Keramiskt center is operated by a foundation whose members include the Municipality of Höganäs, the Skåne Regional Council and Höganäs Museum.

The Foundation’s principal aim is to promote the preservation of Swedish ceramics tradition and to present it together with internationally produced ceramics. Keramiskt center will also manage the preservation and presentation of ceramics that have been designed and produced over the centuries in Skåne, with particular emphasis on production that has taken place in Höganäs and Kullabygden.

 

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[cc_tab name=”Hoganas Ceramics district”]No other Swedish town is as closely associated with ceramics as Höganäs. Kilns have been fired here for nearly two hundred years. Höganäsbolaget built its first kilns here in 1825. These kilns were fired with coal from local mines.
Founded in 1909, Andersson & Johansson eventually became world renowned under the name Höganäs Keramik. Modern household wares manufactured here have assumed a rightful place in Swedish design history. Well-known designers have included John Andersson, Hertha Bengtson and Signe Persson-Melin.
Numerous independent artists and potters have also helped to establish Kullabygden’s reputation as a centre of Swedish ceramic art and design.

 

Höganäsbolaget
In 1832 a four-year-old brickworks at Höganäsbolaget was converted for production of decorative and household wares. Three years later the first salt kiln, propped with stoneware, was fired.
Essentially, however, manufacturing of heavy industrial ceramics carried the company through the 1800s and much of the 1900s. Products included refractory brick for the iron and steel industry, salt-glazed stoneware for the chemicals industry, building brick, and ceramic piping for water and sewers.

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But art has a lasting appeal. We recognize and remember it. Production of tableware crockery and ornaments was something of an interlude in the history of Höganäsbolaget, and it was phased out during the 1920s. And production of salt-glazed household wares was reduced in 1954. However, Höganäsbolaget has been instrumental in the growth of a ceramics district.
It started here.

 

Salt-glazing
Of the three remaining stoneware factories in the district, only Wallåkra and Raus still fire their kilns with coal according to the old method. In Höganäs there were at most ten coal-fired salt-glaze kilns. Today, there is one gas-fired kiln.
The large Höganäs kilns held 6 tonnes of ware. The kiln was fired with 10 tonnes of coal for three days.
Every twenty minutes, the fireman would shovel coal through the ten ‘mouths’. Towards the end of a firing, when the temperature had reached 1,280 degrees Celsius, 175 kilograms of salt was thrown into the kiln. The kiln was then allowed to cool slowly.
Salt consists of sodium and chloride. In the heat, the sodium reacts with substances in the clay to form a clear glaze. The final colour of the vessel depends on the composition and iron content of the clay.
Legend has it that, when they started in 1835, the Höganäs potters did not understand the secrets behind salt glazing. A couple of men were sent to the factory in Helsingborg to spy. But there, the doors and windows were well locked and barred. On their next attempt the Höganäs men succeeded in bribing the Helsingborg potters with liquor, and thereby extracting from them the secrets of the process.

 

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One design – seven factories
The salt-glazed crock has a timeless shape. This model is strongly associated with Höganäs but has been manufactured in many other locations. The clay determines the colour of the vessel – salt glaze is colourless and transparent. These were made at seven factories in Skåne: Helsingborg, Höganäs, Wallåkra, Raus, Ystad, Skromberga, Olofsson & Johansson.

 

The ceramics district
Like Staffordshire in England, Höganäs has become synonymous with ceramics. The name Höganäs has the status of a brand. Both names denote areas in which there have been many ceramics factories and pottery workshops. Several of the companies have been interrelated. Others have been started by former employees. Some are fully independent.
Local access to raw materials – coal and clay – laid the foundations for development. Eventually, artistic ability and technical know-how became the most important assets, knowledge that was increased, refined and passed on.

 

The stoneware factory
Production of stoneware in Höganäs embodied a modern industrial approach, where design, serial manufacture, marketing and distribution were the keys to success. The products also expressed a new and international design language.
They therefore differed in many ways from items originating in the local, southern Swedish pottery tradition. Designers including Ferdinand Ring, Helmer Osslund, Albin Hamberg and Edgar Böckman worked at the stoneware factory.


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Strong and acid-resistant
Salt-glazed ceramics are durable and resistant to many chemicals, for example, strong acids. Höganäsbolaget’s acid-resistant vessels and pipes therefore played an important part in the country’s industrial development during the 1800s and 1900s, before stainless steel and plastics were available.
High-quality refractory brick is still manufactured by Höganäs Bjuf AB, in Bjuv. It is used in, among other sectors, the steel industry.
The salt-glazed ox head is both decorative and informative. It may have marked the entrance to a cowshed on a large farm or estate with a cattle herd.

 

Höganäs keramik 
In 1909 two entrepreneurs left Höganäsbolaget and opened a new workshop north of Höganäs harbour. At Andersson & Johansson, later known as Höganäs Keramik, rustic and modern household wares that would assume a self-evident place in Swedish design history were manufactured, first in clay and, from 1970, in stoneware.
In 1943 Andersson & Johansson moved into these premises. The building was purpose-built and the original pottery workshop became a modern factory. Although production was fast-paced, items were hand-crafted up until 1970. Here, the pottery wheels have turned many million revolutions. Höganäs Keramik, now part of the Fiskars Group, is still here in the building. Since 2008, production has moved abroad.

 

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“I believe I’ve turned 600,000 miniatures.”
Gunnar Borg, Andersson & Johansson

“He came like a blizzard on an April evening and wore a Höganäs jug on a strap around his neck.”
August Strindberg, Hemsöborna, 1887

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[cc_tab name=”Contact”]Our address:
Gärdesgatan 4B, 263 39 Höganäs, Sweden
(in the Höganäs Design Outlet-area)

Exhibitions Anna Malin Tibe

Workshop Frida Nilsson

Shop/Visitors Pia Nordberg

Editor Christine Hansson

Telefon: +46 (0)42-33 01 80

E-post: info@keramisktcenter.se

Opening hours at Keramiskt center End of February to mid June: Thursday and Friday 11–17, Saturday and Sunday 11–16. Mid June to August: All days 11–17. September to December: Thursday and Friday 11–17, Saturday and Sunday 11–16.

 

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