Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg (1905-1993) Art potter
Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg who originally came to Finland from Austria was employed by the Arabia factory in 1924.
She became interested in the Chinese "rice porcelain" dating from the 18th century Chien Lung period while visiting the museums of her native country.
As a result of her ten years of experimentation she managed to solve the secret of the "rice porcelain" technique.
(Rice porcelain was made of extremely thin porcelain by cutting out the rice shaped pattern and then glaze entire object so the cutout areas remain transparent.)
Friedl Kjellberg worked for Arabia a total of 46 years.
Represented: Victoria & Albert Museum London, Design Museum Helsinki, Rohska Museum, Goteborg, museums of Faenza, Amsterdam, Trondheim.
Exhibitions: Kjellberg has represented Finland at numerous domestic and foreign design exhibitions, and rewarded numerous prizes and citations both home and abroad, for ex. Bryssel 1935 (Gold Medal), Milano Triennal 1954 (Gold Medal), Cannes 1955 (Gold Medal) and 1962 the Pro Finlandia medal for artistic achievements.
Information: Ulf Hård af Segerstrand: Modern Finnish Design; Kumela-Paatero-Rissanen: Arabia; Erik Zahle: 'A treasure of Scandinavian Design'; 'Arabia's 100 years publication' 1973,; Donald J. Willcox: 'New design in Ceramics'; Jennifer Opie: 'Scandinavian Ceramics and Glass in the 20th Century'; George Fischler & Barrett Gould: 'Scandinavian Ceramics and Glass 1940s to 1980s';
Oili Maki: 'Finnish Designers of today, 1954; The Ornamo year book of Finnish Design 1950-1954, 1962;