We discovered Caroline Harrius through her graduation project for her Masters at Konstfack (University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm) and were immediately drawn to her large ceramic vases that have clear connection to the past, but with an air of today. Here's her story:
"I am one of those persons who’s been in art school since forever. During my teenage years the art and craft lessons were the one thing I manage to focus and fate decided that I should be my main during high school, and since then art has been my main occupation. I painted for many years, but around 9 years ago I sat down in front of a throwing wheel for the first time, and I knew that I had found my material. Since then I have studied ceramics at both Nyckelviksskolan and Capellagården. I did my bachelor in Medium- and Material based Art at Oslo's National Academy of the Arts’ ceramics department. In the spring of 2020 I finished my master studies at Konstfack's programme CRAFT! with ceramics as my main."
Caroline Harrius always been drawn to how gender hierarchies in art history have affected the craft field in contemporary society, and how she values the typical female craft in her own way. Hence, she tries to reclaim it in her practice by working with traditional domestic objects like decorative porcelain vases and embroidery, where she tries to re-evaluate these gendered objects in a contemporary context.
Photos: Veronika Tybell
We find that her vases have a real grace with their soft colours and balanced shapes, but still there's an edge throughout Caroline's work by adding details like slithering snakes or making a pattern more personal rather than perfected. Discover Caroline Harrius' handmade vases.