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    Posted 4 years ago

    vetraio50
    (712 items)

    Glit was a ceramic studio founded by Ragnar Kjartansson (1923-1988). Ragnar studied under Guthmundur fra Mithdal (1895-1963) and opened his first ceramic studio, Funi Keramik, in 1947.

    The pottery first housed in the old downtown at 13 Odinsgata street, Reykjavík, Iceland. The first equipment and the ovens were built by Ragnar Kjartansson, who was the driving force behind the product development and design of the company.

    He was a member of the Icelandic Sculptors Society which he established in the Icelandic capital in 1972 along with Hallsteinn Siguryhsson, Jon Gunnar Arnason, Porbjörg Palsdottir and others.

    In 2013 in Iceland there was an exhibition of GLIT at Iceland's Museum of Design and Applied Art: A GLIMPSE OF GLIT (8.2. – 26.5. 2013)

    "On Museum Night the Museum of Design and Applied Art opens an exhibition featuring chosen items from the Glit Pottery from between the years 1958 and 1973. The exhibition places emphasis on the fact that despite its complicated history over many years of operation, Glit was adamantly devoted to utilizing Icelandic clay and ground minerals in production during its first decade of operation—especially hardened lava.

    Glit was, in many ways, well ahead of its time—making deep impressions in the history of Icelandic ceramic art. The Glit Pottery LLC was founded on June 10, 1958 by Einar Eliasson, a businessman; Pétur Saemundsen, then head of the Federation of Icelandic Industries and later head of the Industrial Bank (Ithnatharbanki); and Ragnar Kjartansson, sculptor and ceramic artist. The pottery, operated at Othinsgata downtown Reykjavik until 1971, when the decision was made to expand the company and move its operations to Höfthi. The company’s time at Othnsgata is often referred to as the “Old Glit”, and the company as it operated at Höfthi called “The Big Glit.”

    Glit’s administration had lofty artistic ambitions immediately upon the company’s founding. Ideas about expansion and exportation came early on, so that nearly from its inception the company operated under the highest of standards and was unyielding in their demand to withstand all comparison. Many of this country’s best-known artists of the 20th century worked at Glit at one point or another, remembering the place as an artistic breeding ground, especially during the time when Ragnar was in charge of the manufacturing workshop at Othinsgata. Technological advances and the desire to increase production led Glit to shift gears, moving them from Iceland’s history of art and design and into its industrial history.

    The exhibition “A Glimpse of Glit” includes many items from the Pottery, both from Othinsgata (where operations lasted between 1958-1971) as well as from Höfthi. The company’s physical move reflected the changing emphasis of its production, as it took place at the same time as artistic direction shifted from Ragnar Kjartansson to the German ceramic artist Gerhard Schwarz, who took over in 1968."

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    Comments

    1. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      You are getting quite a collection of this fantastic pottery Vet.
      It really is very special.
      I have never seen it about.....you must be a clever finder!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      It just seems to find me KAREN !!!! This was lurking at Vinnies. I dont think people like it.
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      I generally find people will mistake pieces like this for hobbist pottery or consider it just plain ugly. I always check any pottery that looks unique or out of the box when I see it. This is a great find Vet ! :)
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV, MARTIKA, DON & THOMAS !!!!!!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      That is classy THOMAS !!!!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Ill drag out the other two and take some new pix of the tree of them.
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks BETTYB00 !!!
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      This is fabulous and stunning!! and I almost bought one on etsy a couple of days ago but wanted too much money for shipping on that one!!
    9. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 4 years ago
      Very nice.
    10. Nicefice Nicefice, 4 years ago
      Interesting and Beautiful Piece! Love It!!
    11. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      Looks like lava very cool Vetraio.
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN, EYE4, AURA, PGLENN, SWFINLUV, NICEFICE, RNIEDERMAN & CAPERKID !!!!!!!!
    13. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Gorgeous !
    14. AnnaB AnnaB, 4 years ago
      This is my favorite kind of pottery- earthy raw character, one of a kind out-of-this world creations...Totally love it!

    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL, ANNAB, RICK, VINTAGELAMP & ONEGOODFIND too !!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks BLUNDERBUSS !!!!!!!
    17. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 4 years ago
      hermosísimo y tan especial congrats
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Muchisimas gracias KIVATINITZ !!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thankss GARGOYLECOLLECTOR, BETTYBOO, SCOTTIE & TREY !!!!!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS !!!!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks ALAN, MIDNIGHT & RADEGRUNDER !!!!!
    22. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
      Great article gorgeous piece.
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks MCHECONI, MANIKIN, PETEY, FREIHEIT, TONINO & TEDSTRAUB too !!!!!!
    24. Gruff Gruff, 4 years ago
      Missed this exquisite piece
      Love it
    25. Gruff Gruff, 4 years ago
      How did you get it to float in the air in that second picture
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago

      Many thanks GRUFF .... it's sitting up there on the edges of the lava pieces !!!
      I was shocked myself with the sight when I tried it !!!
    27. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Vet, have you ever heard of Irwin Willne or Willner? I have a fat lava vase similar to yours with that name on the base.
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS & LUCYFAN !!!!!!!!
    29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      I have not heard of him but I will have a look around KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS !!!!!!!!
    30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks EMME !!!! !!!! !!!!
    31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN !!!! !!!! !!!!
    32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
    33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks JENNYN !!! !!! !!!
    34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks COURTENAYANTIQUES !!! !!!! !!!
    35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks SOUTHJERSEYBOB !!! !!!! !!!
    36. artislove artislove, 4 years ago
      did a vulcano really spit this out? ...made by mother earth herself eh....
    37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks ARTISLOVE !!!!

      Well only the really rough pieces are lava .... the rest is turned on a wheel.
    38. Vintageforever Vintageforever, 4 years ago
      Such a wonderful vase collection you have! Love them all!
    39. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Hey, you did get your blue one!!! :)
    40. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      No I did not KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS !!!!
    41. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Huh. In the other thread you said you wanted a blue one, think you already had the brown and red one, then this one came later. So this isn't the blue one you wanted?

      I'm confuddled, lol! :P
    42. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      No, the blue one is to die for. This green one is a very poor second. Believe me.
    43. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      The link to the blue one is no longer live unfortunately.
    44. pglenn1970 pglenn1970, 3 years ago
      Oh so interesting
      I have one some kind of Von dringgle or something
      noticed your collection of passionate art
      Stay cool
    45. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks PGLENN !!!!
    46. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks BEYEMVEY & OROYOROY !!!!
    47. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks NURSE & MRSTYNDALL !!! ! !!!
    48. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks AMPHORAPOTTERY !!! ! !!!
    49. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks BRATJDD !!! ! !!!
    50. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks RODDYQ !!!!
    51. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks EZA !!! ! !!!
    52. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Many thanks NEWFLD !!!!

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