Share your favorites on Show & Tell


In Pottery > Scandinavian Pottery > Show & Tell.
Recent comments54505 of 133122Large Dr Pepper signLate Georgian Seed Pearl Necklace with "Mani in Fede" Clasp
Love it
Like it

aghcollectaghcollect loves this.
AimathenaAimathena loves this.
lisalisa loves this.
AmberRoseAmberRose loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
geo26egeo26e loves this.
aeonaeon likes this.
dj-reverbdj-reverb loves this.
HunterHunter loves this.
austrohungaroaustrohungaro loves this.
See 8 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 6 years ago


(675 items)

A market purchase a year ago! This has been a mystery item to me until I took it out again in preparation for the "Egg Festival". I went looking for information and got nowhere. I cried for help to 'scandinavian_pieces' and she was able to give me the relevant information. Thank you Amy!

She replied: "I think it is Obalans / o-balans / O-balance / obalance by Maria Johansson : ) - she has designed some great bits."

She was right!

Details about Maria Johansson are few and far between. The item dates to around 2000 when it won a prize at the "Formexmässans inom kategorin: glas, lera, keramik." Formexmässans is an annual design show in Sweden. At this time Gustavsberg was employing designers to produce wares for the new face of the factory. In 1996 it went under new management when some of the employees became owners. This vase is one of their products under the new HPF i Gustafsberg name - Household Porcelain Factory (HPF) in the old factory building in Gustavsberg, 20 km east of Stockholm.

The name of this design is O-balans which describes the balancing act of this 'vinkopp' or wine cup. It is made out of the thinnest egg-shell porcelain and balances delicately on a point where the curve hits the surface. It is glazed internally and has a matt hand-finished outer surface. It comes in a variety of colours: white, lavender, green, blue, beige and yellow. The cup can be used for a variety of purposes and is a joy to hold. It is a 'touchy-feely'.

Maria Johansson was born and raised in Överkalix, Sweden. In 2001 she graduated as a painter at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, specializing in ceramics and interior architectural and fine arts. Since then she has worked in her new home, Holland.

Diameter 5-6 cm Weight: 100 g Volume: 2.7 ml

The judges at the 2000 FORMEX Design Award said:
"A subtle vessel with strong expression in spite of its brittle nature."


  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Eggtastic! It would be fun to collect all the colors and have a whole egg rainbow.
    My daughter, cuddled next to me, asked if your stand came with your egg. I thought you might get a kick out of that. happy Easter V!!!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I'm severely thinking of getting a set, Amber!
    I've collected some photos of them.
    Happy Easter to the young one too!
  3. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Lavender...sounds pretty...
    Can you post pictures of future purchases??
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks dj-reverb, Hunter & austrohungaro too!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AEON for the like!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks GEO26E!
  7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Another stunner by the great and stunning master Kevin himself:) Love this one Mate!!!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Sean and Amber!
  9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Your very welcome Kevin!!!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks LISA!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AIMATHENA!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT !!!

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.