Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997)
Swedish potter. Born in Paris. After receiving his primary education in Denmark and studying architecture in Finland, he trained in ceramics in Denmark. Initially he worked as a designer at Bing og Grendal in Denmark, but from 1931 to 1955 he worked at Rorstrand in Sweden. Many of Nylund's famous works were created during his Swedish period, and his style is particularly characterized by the use of natural glaze to decorate the vessels in mottled patterns. His style has an affinity with Japanese tableware, but in Scandinavia at the time, tableware was commonly dipped in glaze and fired, and Nylund's natural glaze was melted from high-temperature feldspar and colored the vessel. The method was novel.