To those who read this blog often, I don’t think I have to tell you who Karin Eriksson is as we feature her wonderful hand painted ceramics so often.
Karin, is one of the designers who’s work made me fall in love with the interiors industry six years ago when I began my journey as naive design ‘aficionado’. So can you imagine what it feels like to have her feature in an article on my blog??? So, so thrilling and awe-striking.
I give you Karin and a day in her work and home life in beautiful Stockholm…
My name is Karin Eriksson, I’m a ceramic designer maker with a background in advertising. I trained at Central St Martins in London and ship most of my work abroad to small independent design and craft shops.
I start my day with a cup of tea, yoghurt with fruit and linseed and the daily paper. Then I move on to the computer to check and reply to emails. One day a week I spend at home doing admin, book-keeping etc, but today is not one of those days.
I take the bus, train and a 15 minute walk to my workshop. The whole journey takes about 45 minutes and it’s worth every minute because just look at what welcomes me every day…
After six years in London, I moved back to Stockholm, Sweden in 2003 and have since had my workshop at Överjärva Gård, a rural gem close to the city.
Överjärva is an old dairy farm that now houses shops, a café, a ’nature school’ and my workshop. Once a week we all meet for ’gårdsfika’, which means I’m having my second breakfast of the day and get the latest news of what’s happened since last week’s ’fika’. The first lambs of the year have been born : )
At the beginning of every week I put together a to-do-list that hangs in the workshop and shows me what to do.
Today I’m taking care of the cups and flower pots I made yesterday. I throw most of my work on the potter’s wheel and when it’s leather hard I ’turn’ it, again on the wheel. I really like this part of the making as it is when the shape of the object is defined and refined.
After turning the objects I put handles on the cups and similar ’spiky horns’ on the flower pots, the horns will later be used to hang the pots from.
My workshop has got two rooms flanked by a glass orangery where I’ve got my shop Manos. Manos is open Thursday – Sunday and is also a webshop open 24/7. Here I sell my ceramics and things I love by designer / makers all over the world.
My lunch today is by the throwing wheel, it makes an excellent table and has got a great view through the window.
Since I’m alone today I read a book, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. What a story teller! I totally recommend you read it. It transports me from winter wonderland straight to the most colourful life in Bombay, India.
The other week my assistant Josephine and I rearranged the workshop – moved kilns and shelves and tables. I still have to get some more shelving and table tops before it’s finished and in the meantime it is in a stage of disarray.
The light from the orangery shines in through the door to the workshop. This early February light is such a bliss after the long dark winter months we get here up north. I think this light and the nature I’m surrounded with feeds into my designs.
I’m done for the day and head home to prepare tonights dinner together with David, my man. I like cooking together, it’s a great way to catch up with what’s happened during the day and just be together. Tonight we’re having spinach soup with egg halves.
After dinner I’m off to do my weekly pilates class. When I get back I check my emails and a couple of blogs, after which I take a cup of tea and my book with me to bed. I drift off to sleep around eleven.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org