Günther Praschak, Ceramics
Very large dark grey stoneware vase with soft blue hints by Günther PraschakThis very large stoneware vase by Austrian potter Günther Praschak (1940-2015) has a dark brown, almost black glaze with blue hints, rounded corners and a lipped opening. The 41 cm tall and 18 cm wide vase was executed in the late 1960s in limited edition by Knabstrup Keramik, Denmark. It is signed with the artist's monogram and stamped by Knabstrup.
Günther Praschak was born in Vienna in 1940 and became a trained ceramist in the same city in 1963. The year after he travelled to Denmark and was hired at Knabstrup Keramik. Whilst there he worked closely with the artistic leader Johannes Hansen and the German ceramist Dietlinde Hein.
Praschak returned to Austria in 1970 and became a tutor at the art academy in Linz. From 1973 to 2004 he was a professor at Universität für Künstlerische und Industrielle Gestaltung in Linz.
Ejner Johansen, Lighting
Large table lamp with green and white ornaments by Ejner JohansenThis large earthenware table lamp by Ejner Johansen is decorated with green and white ornaments on a black and brown glazed background. It was designed and executed when Ejner Johansen was working from his own studio in Copenhagen, Denmark between 1942 and 1957. In 1958 Ejner Johansen began working for Søholm Stoneware in Bornholm and then later in the 1970s for Knabstrup. This lamp is an example of pieces he created in his own name. It is signed ‘EJO’ on the bottom. H. 50 cm. (20")