Aune Siimes (1909 – 1964) Finnish ceramicist

Aune Siimes for Arabia Unique nerikomi bowl
Aune Siimes for Arabia Unique nerikomi bowl

Aune Siimes (1909 – 1964) was a Finnish ceramicist.

Education

She attended Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu in Helsinki from 1932 to 1933.

Biography

She worked for Arabia in Helsinki on stoneware and porcelain from 1932 to 1964. Her pieces were renowned for their delicacy and thinness, as if they were made out of eggshells.

Aune Siimes’ most important works were her bowls with relief patterns, which give varying transparency to the thin white, cobalt, or pink porcelain. In the same recherchĂ© material and the same spirit, she has made personal ornaments, especially necklaces, with ‘pearls’ in the form of mussels or leaves.

Finnish Bowl by Aune Siimes for Arabia, 1950s
Finnish Bowl by Aune Siimes for Arabia, 1950s
Cheers, Dishware, Signed, Arabia, 1950s designed by Aune Siimes
Cheers, Dishware, Signed, Arabia, 1950s designed by Aune Siimes

Recognition

She won a silver medal at the 1937′ Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans le Vie Moderne’ in Paris and gold and silver medals at the 1951 (IX) and 1954 (X) Triennali di Milano, respectively. Her work was included in the ‘Design in Scandinavia’ travelling exhibition in the United States from 1954 to 1957, the ‘H 55’ exhibition in Halsingborg in 1955, the ‘Finnish Exhibition’ in West Germany from 1956 to 1957, and the ‘Finlandia’ exhibition in Zurich, Amsterdam, and London in 1961.

Unique stoneware vase by Aune Siimes 1943
Unique stoneware vase by Aune Siimes 1943

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Zahle, E. (1963). In Scandinavian domestic design (p. 34). essay, Methuen.

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