Some months ago I bought this interesting canister at a thrift store. It wasn´t difficult to find out who made it. It was very clear stamped Kjarval Lökken. Even the origin was clear. The stamp said Iceland.
It was the first time I had a piece of Icelandic pottery in my hands. I think you can imagine how thrilled I was.
But searching the internet only pointed to a few sites in Icelandic. Not a language I master. But I understood that much. This was a piece of much wanted retro pottery. Did I get even more curious? Oh, yes.
And Monday was the day when I found out that Kjarval & Lökken actually was Tove Kjarval and Robin Lökken. A Icelandic and a Danish potter having their own studio in Iceland from 1965 to sometime in the 1970s. Maybe longer. Tove Kjarvals grandfather was the Icelandic painter Johannes S. Kjarval (1885 - 1972) and her choice of pottery for a living was not a commonn choice in Iceland. The country doesn´t have a tradition of pottery making. The first Icelandic pottery was by Gudmundur Einarsson (1895 - 1963) who opened the first pottery studio in Iceland in 1930.
Robin Lökken (or more precise Løkken) finished his potter training in 1958 and worked several years for Bjorn Wiinblad before starting his own studio together with his wife Tove Kjarval. At some point they moved to Denmark and Robin Lökken is still active with his own studio in the Northern Part of Jutland, Denmark. Might be worth a visit......
You can see more of Kjarval and Lökkens work HERE, HERE and HERE
And some of todays work by Robin Lökken HERE