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Designer - Birger Kaipiainen

Appetizer plate - Birger Kaipiainen

BIRGER KAIPIAINEN (born 1915 in Pori, died 1988) studied ceramics at the Art Center School in 1933-1937; work in Arabia Art Department he began the same year she graduated. The earliest works of his give off interest in culture of the early Renaissance and the Middle Ages, theatre plays and the pictorial arts. Profiles of Muses and women characters have been fulfilled by hand painting on chamote tiles.

Colours were fired in low firing so that the colour scale could remain diverse and rich in nuances. Kaipiainen also implemented several fairy tale themed and theatrical decorations by sgraffito technique especially on the 1940's trend items such as tea table tops and decorative plates. In 1949 she spent six months in artist exchange in Italy and was inspired by Gothic, Byzantine mosaic works, Etruscan art and Italian contemporary ceramics.

She designed bars in which characters presented in upright position, limbs are stretched, facial expressions stereotypic and surface decoration plentiful. He did the first experimental bowl decorations with a combination of ceramics and wire in 1953, and in the 1960's in pearlbird shape and structure were implemented with this technique. Kaipiainen's production in Arabia were unique items, except for the 1969 designed, on oval shape based BK dish set of which the most famous ornament is Paratiisi, lush and juicy description of garden crop. As white the dish set was called Eeva, as bright yellow Aatami and second got decoration Apila.

Coming back to Arabia after four years of work exchange in Rörstrand factory in 1958, Terho Reijonen became her assistant. Result of co-coperation was broadening of Kaipiainen's production, Reijonen and the factory workers produced pearls and other three dimension parts on mass production. Basins were cast finished and stages were carried out in a few semifinished basins at the same time.

The colours of his works were designed durable for glaze firing in the later production. Often the item needed even four firings at different temperatures. For example, different kinds of irisoivat glazings brought out the shine of fruits and flowers and the baroquean richness in his later production.

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