Who knew pottery could have a sense of humor? Peek inside Swedish artist Sanne Dahlstrom’s studio and you’ll see how. Lining her shelves are everyday objects such as coffee mugs, plates, flower pots and bowls painted with quirky figures that are bound to make you smile.
Sanne applies a white glaze on her wares and then paints them by hand using bold black, red or blue colors. Her inspiration often comes from a desire to solve a problem for a friend or family member. Her female “Superhero!” bowl was created for a girlfriend who needed cheering up. And when her son Albin recently moved into a 225-square-foot apartment in Stockholm, she surprised him with a set of bowls and mugs that fit into a shoe box.
Visiting Sanne’s studio is like balm for the soul. Large windows let in an abundance of natural light and there’s a wonderful mix of creative tools, bags of clay, a potter’s wheel and paintbrushes that make you want to stay put for hours. You’ll usually find Sanne sitting by her drawing table, sketching or carefully painting a new batch of mugs. The result is not only a beautiful object, but an item that will add a little humor to your life.
Here’s a peek inside Sanne’s studio and her creations:
Flower pots: The peaceful “Lina” flower pots are perfect for adding a touch of whimsy to your window ledge.
Artist at work: Sanne is always trying out new designs. Here, she’s drawing a large “S” for a new line of mugs.
Discarded goods: Mugs that didn’t come out perfectly are used for pens, pencils and art supplies.
Coffee break: A bestseller are the handle-free “Fika!” (which means coffee break in Swedish) and “Slurp!” mugs.
Tools of the trade: The windowsills are lined with Sanne’s tools, and her rustic work table is usually filled with wares in various stages of completion.
Please visit Sanne at her website for more inspiration and beautiful pottery.
All photographs by Ulrica Wihlborg ©2013.