Konrad Galaaen (1923 – 2004) Norwegian Ceramicist

Treet a Ceramic Relif by Konrad Galaaen
Treet a Ceramic Relif by Konrad Galaaen | Nasjonalmuseet

Konrad Galaaen (1923 – 2004) was a Norwegian ceramist and designer.


He was educated from 1943–1947 at the Statens Håndverks- og Kunstindustriskole in Oslo (painting major and diploma from the ceramics major). In 1947, he won first prize in a competition announced by Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik for the students in the ceramics class at the Art and Industry School. The competition task was to design new vases. Galaaen finished his education in 1947 and in 1948 was employed at Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik as a designer.

Bowl by Konrad Galaaen
Bowl by Konrad Galaaen | Nasjonalmuseet


Konrad Galaaen worked as a designer at Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik for 43 years, and during his time at the factory, developed, among other things, the design classic Spire, which was in production for more than 30 years. This series has now been relaunched and redesigned true to Galaaen’s concept to suit modern everyday life. Galaaen is also behind several other well-known Norwegian design classics. (Designer Konrad Galaaen, n.d.)

Spire Cream Jug by Konrad Galaaen | V & A

Porsgrund owes its distinctive style to the efforts of talented designers like Konrad Galaaen, Eystein Sandnes, and Tias Eckhogg. Their dedication to the craft has helped the factory produce products with simple yet elegant shapes and impeccable finishes. The company’s high standards are evident in every piece they create, as evidenced by the numerous gold medals awarded at various Triennali events.  (Zahle, 1963)

Recognition for Konrad Galaaen

In 1957 he received the Mark for good design for one of his ashtrays. In 1962 he won a gold medal at the International Ceramic Exhibition in Prague.


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Designer Konrad Galaaen. (n.d.). Designer Konrad Galaaen. Retrieved April 25, 2023, from https://www.porsgrund.com/konrad-galaaen

Konrad Galaaen. (December 16, 2022). Wikipedia . Retrieved 25 April 2023 at 03:08 from https://no.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Konrad_Galaaen&oldid=23177633 .

Zahle. (1963). Scandinavian Domestic Design (pp. 48–48). Methuen & Co. Ltd. https://archive.org/details/scandinaviandome0000erik/page/48/mode/2up?q=%22Konrad+Galaaen%22


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