Reimagining crafts

YONOBI is deeply honoured to be able to present an exclusive and unique collection of art pieces by Swedish artist Caroline Harrius.

Caroline Harrius (b. 1993 Linköping) is a ceramicist based in Stockholm, with a bachelor's degree in medium and material-based art from Oslo’s National Academy of the Arts and a master's degree in craft from Konstfack.

In her artistic practice, Harrius often works with questions regarding gender hierarchies in craft history and how these structures are affecting her work in contemporary society. Her master project, “The Repulsive Flower” (2020), investigates gender norms in ceramic history, questioning what traditions we have chosen to live on. What do we value as great art today, and what do we reject as tasteless knick-knack? Can we relate this to historical gender roles in craft?

As part of the small collection by Caroline, we're especially honoured to present two exceptional pieces.

The pieces are a unique example of the melding of two different crafts - embroidery and pottery. The vases are hand coiled in porcelain and only glazed on the inside. After the final firing, Harrius punctures the shiny, semi-functional vases with holes and then pulls through threads to produce patterns and floral motifs that explore gender norms and hierarchies in craft history, specifically focusing on those typically associated with women. Her works reevaluate artistic techniques as she takes both pottery and embroidery out of their traditional contexts, combines, and then reimagines them, stretching the boundary of each craft. This results in unexpected pieces that prompt viewers to question perception and textures (i.e., whether a ceramic could “feel” soft and fibrous like fabric or whether a needle and thread are robust enough to puncture through clay.)

The result is nothing we have seen before and a true piece of art. This is also why you can now see similar pieces handmade by Harrius in the Malmö Art Museums' permanent collection. 


 Discover the unique collection here

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