Biography

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Eva Zethraeus (b.1971) is a ceramic artist living and working in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her artwork, ceramic sculpture inspired by botanical and biological specimens, emphasizes the inherent duality of porcelain clay, a durable medium that she shapes into fragile and tenuous biomorphic forms. Many of her pieces exhibit Japanese stylistic influences, resultant of her residency there.

Zethraeus, born in Sweden, was raised in Birmingham, England.  At the age of 11, she moved to Madrid, Spain, where she first discovered her passion for art within the walls of the Prado, just feet away from her primary school. Most influential was Hieronymus Bosch's triptych, Garden of Earthly Delights (1490-1510).  This is where the artist was first inspired to view landscape as art. Zethraeus then began to conceptualize an immersive environment comprised of diverse ceramic forms. 

Zethraeus spent several formative artists' residencies in Japan during which she executed her landscape porcelain series.  Frequenting Zen Buddhist gardens in Kyoto, Zethraeus found inspiration in their naturalistic, sensual design. She describes the deliberateness with which large and small, dense and sparse, light and dark were juxtaposed in these environments as a "vivid interplay" effuse with energy.  These elements of design translated into her landscape sculpture, a series of frenetic, undulating, biomorphic forms that seem to vibrate with the same organic energy and sensuality as the gardens they are inspired by.

More often than not, her landscapes take on a marine aspect. Zethraeus describes herself as fascinated by the qualities objects take on underwater, describing their slow movement, textures and the qualities of light as being akin to her deliberate, contemplative ceramic process.

Zethraeus received her MFA from the College for Design & Craft at Gothenburg University and her artwork is featured in the collections of both the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and the Röhsska Muséet in Gothenburg, She is also the recipient of several major grants and scholarships.

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EDUCATION
1998    Master of Fine Arts in Applied Arts and Crafts, College of Applied Arts
                 and Crafts, HDK, Gothenburg University, Sweden
1993-98 Keramikkonstlinjen, College of Applied Arts and Crafts (HDK)
1991-93 Graphics and printing department, Hovedskous Målarskola, Gothenburg,
                 Sweden
1989-91 Bild- och formlinjen, Lunnevads Folkhögskola, Linköping, Sweden

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019    Sintra Gallery, Gothenberg, Sweden (forthcoming)
2018    Gallery Astley, Uttersberg, Sweden (forthcoming)
            Hostler Burrows, New York, NY (forthcoming)
            Konsthantverkama, Stockholm, Sweden (forthcoming)
2017    Craftsmen, Stockholm, Sweden
            Salslands Art Museum, Åsensbruk, Sweden
2016    Blås & Knåda, Stockholm, Sweden
            Gothenberg Art Association, Gothenberg, Sweden
2015-16 Orsa Konsthall, Kulturhuset, Orsa, Sweden
2015    Blue House – The Art Epiphany
2014    Arkiva Konsthantverk
            Göteborgs Konstförening
2013    Båstad/Bjäre Konstförening
            Konsthantverkarna i Arvika
2012    Kaolin, Stockholm, Sweden
2011    Galleri Anna H, Gothenburg, Sweden
            Panncentralen Gallery, Mariestad, Sweden
2010    Handkraft Gallery, Trollhättan, Sweden
2009    Sintra Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
2007    Gallery Ceramic Art Nordjylland, Lönstrup, Denmark
            Not Quite Konsthall, Fengefors, Sweden
            Galleri Anna H, Gothenburg, Sweden
2005    Gallery Blås & Knåda, Stockholm, Sweden
2004    Konsthantverkscentrum, Wadköping, Sweden
            Gallery Reforma, Karlstad, Sweden
2003    Lerverk Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
2001    Galleri Bollag, Unterstamheim, Schweiz
2000    Galleri Konsthantverkshuset, Gothenburg, Sweden
            Galleri Kaolin, Stockholm, Sweden

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018    FOG Fair, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
            Galleri Hop, Tallinn, Estonia
2017    Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
            COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
            FOG Fair, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
2016    Nordic House, Rejkjavik, Iceland
            Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
            Salon Art + Design, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
2015    Ostholstein Museum, Eutin, Germany
            Krapperups Konsthall
            FOG Fair, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
2014    Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
            Mimershus, Kungälv
            Ceramic Center, Höganäs
2013    Keramiskt Center, Höganäs
            Konsthantverkarna i Stockholm
2012    Landskrona Konsthall, Landskrona, Sweden
            Augustiana Kunstcenter, Augustenborg, Denmark
            Grimmerhus Ceramic Museum, Nina Holes Friends & Fire-mates,
                 Denmark
2011    Apple House, Guldagergaard, Nina Holes Friends & Fire-mates, Denmark
            Röhsska Museet, Conversation Pieces, Gothenburg, Sweden
            Askershus Kunstsenter, Lilleström, Norway
            Museumsberg, Flensburg, Germany
            Galerie Claudia Bollag, Schweiz
            Pohgannaan Museum, Wasa, Finland
            COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London
            Röhsska Museets Konstslöjdsalong, Gothenburg, Sweden
2010    Konstslöjdsalongen, Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden
            Hovdala Slott, Hässleholm, Sweden
2009-10 European Prize in Applied Arts, European Craft Council in Mons,
                 Belgium
2009    Lidköpings Konsthall, Lidköping, Sweden
            Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
            Röhsska Museets Konstslöjdsalong, Gothenburg, Sweden
2008    Gallery Merkur, Kiel, Germany
            Vendsyssel Museum, Hjørring, Denmark
            Standard Clay, NCECA, Pittsburgh, USA
            Springfield Pottery, Missouri, USA
2007    Trend report 2008 Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
            Gallery Anna H, Bovallstrand, Sweden
            National Museum, Ljubliana, Serbia
            Rörstrand Gallery for Contemporary Craft Exhibition with
                 Jeff Kaller, Rörstrand, Sweden
2006    Wågermanska Konsthallen, Orust, Sweden
            Shigaraki Ceramic Museum, Shigaraki, Japan
            Höganäs Museum, Höganäs, Sweden
2005    Galleri Terra Delft, Delft, Holland
            Galleri der Stadt Villach, Folgeausgasse, Austria
            Yokaichi City Cultural Center, Yokaichi, Japan
            100 Thoughts on Craft travelling exhibition Sweden
            Contemporary Swedish Ceramics, NCECA, Baltimore, USA
2004    Ishuset, Hönö Konsthall
            Westerwaldpreis 2004, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany
2003    Dalslands Museum, Mellerud, Sweden
            Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Australia
            Gallerie Claudia Bollag, Unterstammheim, Schweiz
            Anna H Gallery, Gothenburg/Bovallstrand Sweden
2002    6th Cairo Biennale for Ceramics, Cairo, Egypt
            Frederikshavns Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2001    Cheongju International Contemporary Craft Biennale, South Korea
            Chambres Separée, Arvika Konsthall, Sweden
            Galleri Fold, Stokke, Norwat
1999    Formargruppen Gallery, Malmö, Sweden
            Färskpressat, Adelsnäs Orangeri, Åtvidaberg, Sweden
            Färskpressat, Galleri Kaolin, Stockholm, Sweden
            Galleri Fold, Stokke, Norwat
1998    Färskpressat, Axel Ebbes Konsthall, Trelleborg, Sweden
            Färskpressat, Sofiero Castle, Helsingborg, Sweden
            Röhsska Museet, National Museum of Applied Arts and Crafts,
                 Gothenburg, Sweden
            Talente Hantwerkbörse, Munich, Germany
1997    Cera Gallery, Tokoname, Japan

Commissions
2017-18 Kärraskolan, Gothenberg, Sweden
2011    Rågården, Gothenburg, Sweden
2009    Rågården, Gothenburg, Sweden
2007    Solängen, Vänersborgs kommun, Sweden
            Rörstrands matsal, temporary commission
2006    Rörstrands matsal, temporary commission
2000    Klareborgsgatan, Familjebostäder

PUBLICATIONS
2018    “Eva Zethraeus at Hostler Burrows,” Blouin ArtInfo, February 21
2016    Perkovic, Jana. “International Women’s Day Special: 11 Female
                 Collectible Designers of Note,” Blouin ArtInfo. March 8
2015    Herriman, Kat. "At Design Miami, Bold Ceramics Affirm that the
            
​     Medium is Not a Passing Trend," Artsy, December 5
2011    Swedish Art Crafts
2010    Neue Keramik
2009    Kulturtidskriften Zenit
2006    Ceramics Art and Perception #66
2005    Dansk Kunsthantverk, Love Jönsson
            Konstnären
2004    Ceramics Monthly, Upfront, February, pp. 20
            Neue Keramik
2003    Ceramics Technical/ Ceramics Art and Perception #16, pp. 52-53.

WORKSHOPS / PROJECTS
2017    Artaxis Conversations, National Clay Week, USA
2016    International Eco Glass Workshop, Kuldiga, Latvia
2015    Glasyrkurs, KKV, Gothenberg, Sweden
            Masterclass Workshop, Leeksands Folkhögskola, Leksand, Sweden
2014    Sodaugh Workshop, Smedjebacken, Sweden
2013    Baltimore Clayworks, Arbetsvistelse
            Lecture, ScanCeram, International Conference, Denmark
2012    Project Manager, Woodfired Landscapes, International Ceramic
            Workshop, Symposium and Exhibition
2011    Lecture, Röhsska Muséet, Gothenburg, Sweden
2010    Kiln Building Workshop, Goshen, Indiana, USA
2009    Ceramic Woodfire Workshop and Symposium
            Carlow University / The Union Project - Pittsburgh, USA
2008    Nordic Network Cooperation with HDK at Nääs
            NCECA Conference, Pittsburgh, USA
            Workshop, Missouri State University, USA
2007    Nordic Network Studio Exchange Program, Hirtshals, Denmark
2005    Project Manager, Sweden/Japan Ceramic Exchange
2003    Artist in Residence, Shigaraki Ceramic Center, Shigaraki, Japan
2001    Ceraco Ceramic Center, Tlaquepaque, Mexico
1998    Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine, USA
1997    International Workshop of Ceramic Art, Tokoname (IWCAT), Japan
1996    Low Salt Fired Ceramic Workshop with Irini Constantinidi, HDK,
            ​     Gothenburg, Sweden
            Glassblowing course, Orrefors Glass School, Orrefors, Sweden
            Bergdala Glass Studio Project
1995    Throwing & Glazing course, La Bisbal, Spain

GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
2016    One Year Work Scholarship, National Arts Foundation
            Västragötlands Regions one year work scholarship
            IASPIS International Artists Program in Sweden
2015    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
            IASPIS International Cultural Exchange
2014    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
2013    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
2012    VG Region Project Grants
2011    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
            IASPIS International Cultural Exchange
            VG Region Project Grants
            Helge Axelsson Johnson’s Scholarship Fund
2010    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
2009    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
2007    IASPIS International Artists Studio Program In Sweden
2005    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
            IASPIS International Artists Studio Program In Sweden
2004    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
            IASPIS International Artists Studio Program In Sweden
2003     Axelsson Johnssons Stiftelse
            Scandinavia, Japan Sasakawa Foundation
            Wilhelm & Martina Lundgrens Understödsfond
            IASPIS International Artists Studio Program In Sweden
2002    Charlotte & Otto Mannheimers Fond
            IASPIS International Artists Studio Program In Sweden
2001    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
            IASPIS International Artists Studio Program In Sweden
2000    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
            One Year Work Scholarship, National Arts Foundation
            Gothenburg City's Cultural Scholarship
            Anna Ahrenbergs Fund
            IASPIS International Artists Studio Program In Sweden
1999    Wilhelm & Martina Lundgrens Understödsfond
1998    HDK's Applied Arts and Crafts Stipendium
            Längmanska Fonden
            Anna Ahrenbergs Fund
            JL Eklunds Hantverksstiftelse
1997    Adlerbertska Fonden
            Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
            Scandinavia, Japan Sasakawa Foundation
            Göranssonska Fonden
            August Ringnérs Stipendiefond
            JL Eklunds Hantverksstiftelse
1996    Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
            Göranssonska Fonden
1995    Terese Kamphs Stipendiefond
            Estrid Ericsons Stipendiefond
1994    Göranssonska Fonden
1993    Stig A Kärrstrands Stipendiefond
            Göranssonska Fonden
1992    Göranssonska Fonden
1990    Göranssonska Fonden

COLLECTIONS
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Röhsska Muséet, Gothenburg
Höganäs Museum
Statens Konstråd
Karlstad Kommun
Arvika Kommun
Sörmland County Council
Kungälv Municipality
Shigaraki Ceramic Park, Shigaraki, Japan
International Ceramic Workshop, Japan
Uddevalla Sjukhus
Västra GötalandsregionenGöteborgs Universitet
Göteborgs Botanical Garden
Göteborgs Kommuns Kulturnämnd
Swedish Embassy, Brazil

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