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Birger Kaipiainen

Finnish, 1915-19884 Followers

Biography

The name Birger Kaipianinen is inextricably tied to the Arabia design company, where he worked for 50 years until the day he died—in his studio at the Arabia factory. The dishes that he created for the firm are decorated with cheerful fruits and flowers, influenced by art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as his childhood memories. But his work at Arabia was just part of his creative output. Around 1950, he began to create faïence (glazed earthenware) objects that he called “prisms”, which he decorated with Byzantine-inspired female figures. After a period in Sweden he began to experiment with sculpture, making models of horses and birds out of beads. Widely admired by his contemporaries, he was often called the “prince of ceramics” and the “king of ornament.”