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Richard Lindh (b. 1929)

Before coming to work for Arabia in 1955, the Lindh´s run a ceramic workshop of their own their own in Helsinki 1953-1955.
At Arabia they started under Kyllikki Salmenhaara as vase and dish makers, concentrating on the experimental possibilities available at Arabia. Both of them developed their own design language. In early 1960s Richard Lindh became head of the Applied Art Department after Olga Osol. Fifty skilled craftsmen, including six creative artists, Hilkka-Liisa Ahola, Svea Granlund, Annikki Hovisaari, Gunvor Olin, Olga Osol and Esteri Tomula, worked under him. The artists designed models and patterns that were copied by hand. The production included vases through wall plaques, hand painted coffee and tea cups to complete table sets.

Francesca Lindh (1931-)

Trained in Italy at Liceo Artistico delle Belle Artiand 1946-48, and in Finland at Institute of Industrial Arts 1949-52, Francesca Mascitti-Lindh, - like Kyllikki Salmenhaara - was interested in the contrasting qualities of different clays, and her own distinctive technique has established her as one of Finland's leading potters. For Arabia she worked until 1989.
Richard and Francesca exhibited successfully in Finland and abroad, e.g. in Brussels, Cannes, Milan and New York.
In 1952 and 1957 they won a scholarship and first prize from the museum on Contemporary Art, New York.

Francesca's international awards include an honorable mention in the Milan Triennale 1957, and gold medals at Faenza 1973 and 1977; first price, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, 1956; First price, Gualdo Tadino, 1961; 1972, 1974, Ravenna price, Faenza 19742 and 1974; Honorary mention Ceramic Compositions in Contemporary Art, Sopot, 1980; Stella al Merito del Lavoro, Italy 1981; and The applied art award of the Finnish State
Her work is represented in many museum collections worldwide, including Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki; Faenza, Museo Internationale delle Ceramiche; Gualdo Tadino Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Nationalmuseum, Stockholm; Arabia Museum, Helsinki, Victoria & Albert Museum as well as Musée de Arts Decoratif´s in Paris.

Information: Ulf Hård af Segerstrand: Modern Finnish Design; Kumela-Paatero-Rissanen: Arabia; "Arabias 100 years publication" 1973,; Donald J. Willcox: "New design in Ceramics"; Jennifer Opie: "Scandinavian Ceramics and Glass in the 20th Century"; The Ornamo year book of Finnish Design 1950-1954; and 1962

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