This small vase by Danish visionary Axel Salto is a bright chartreuse color and is raised in some areas, resembling a Japanese Sake bottle taken over by sea moss. The protruding brown grooves make the vase seem like it is coming alive like a sea urchin lying in wake until it is disturbed. This vase is a perfect example of the special color effects that Salto created by letting the glazes flow over and between the nodules and through the grooves of the surfaces of many of his vases
About Axel Salto
At a time when potters around him looked to the understated and refined traditions of Japan and China, ceramic artist Axel Salto produced earthy, sensual works inspired by nature. The Danish designer was an independent voice that favored sculptural over functional forms—which he classified by shape into three categories: “budding,” “sprouting,” and “fluted.” He was especially drawn toward three-dimensional motifs from the plant world—including symbols of fertility like seedpods and budding flowers or fruit—which he richly colored with glazes. From 1930 he worked at Royal Copenhagen, and also as a graphic designer for books, jewelry, and textiles. He was the recipient of many awards including the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale 1951.