Inspired by trees

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Swedish ceramic artist Hanna Hjalmarsson to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– My first inspiration came from moss and old trees and then it has evolved from that. I wanted to make interior objects that stood out and felt a bit weird. I also wanted to make colourful things that would fit into my own home.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I love the freedom that working with clay offers, and for many years I attended different evening courses to learn the basics. Eventually, I felt limited by the small workshops because I wanted to experiment with different glazes and shapes, So, finally I decided to study Keramisk form at Nyckelviksskolan. After that I was hooked, and applied to the Ceramics and Glass Bachelor at Konstfack.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics?

– Colourful, organic and a bit rough.

What other artists do you admire?

– I really like Linda Sormin, a New York based ceramic artist. Her sculptures are big, fragile and messy. They make me feel like it’s possible to make anything out of clay.

What we love about Hanna Hjalmarsson:

Craftsmanship, organic shapes and beautiful colours: we love everything about the ceramic pieces that Hanna Hjalmarsson creates.