Creative Q&A with ceramicist Kajsa Cramér + a giveaway

Creative Q&A with ceramicist Kajsa Cramér :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

As some of you might remember I started a new series here on the blog a while ago. It is called ‘Creative Q&A’ and I decided to focus on ceramicists that make beautiful every day use objects and tableware. Ceramicists whose objects I admire and that you see in use often here on the blog.

Last time we were invited to peep into the little cabin of Elin Lannsjö where she often comes to work and where I got to photograph her and her ceramics.

Today you’ll get to meet Kajsa Cramér – a lovely person and ceramicist based out of Billdal, a bit south from Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden.

Creative Q&A with ceramicist Kajsa Cramér :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

Kajsa creates unique, clean and amazingly beautiful objects with a timeless, simple yet elegant scandinavian touch.

She works mostly with white porcelain clay (kaolin) and she says she loves its clean and almost transparent look after burning. That’s also why she doesn’t use much color in her work. She wants the clay to play the main role and to really ‘shine’.

Kajsa was kind enough to answer a few questions – and to let me have a look inside her little studio where she makes most of her ceramics.

Creative Q&A with ceramicist Kajsa Cramér :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

Kajsa Cramér
Billdal (Gothenburg), Sweden

How long have you been making ceramics for?
I have been doing ceramics as a hobby for about 15 years, and four years ago I decided to make it my profession. Along with my former job as an interior stylist I took several different courses, and in 2006 I started my education focusing solely on ceramics at Löftadalens Folkhögskola. That was when I started dreaming about making ceramics my profession. I never returned to my former job after we had our third child in 2009, and from then on I have been following my dream.

What was it that made you realize ceramics was something you wanted to spend your days doing?
I’ve always had creative jobs such as florist, stylist, interior stylist etc. I was drawn to ceramics because of the challenge it brings… and there is so much to try in terms of clay. I knew I would never get bored working with clay. Working with clay also allows me to combine my former creative experiences with clay as I create vases, candle holders and tableware for decorative use.

I work mainly with porcelain clay which is the whitest of clays and actually rather difficult to work with. But what I love about it is that it feels modern, poetic and matches the interior design style that I love. I actually fell in love with porcelain clay the very first time I tried, although all of my teachers (except one!) tried to discourage me from using it…

At the moment ceramics is my thing, but I’ll probably try other ways of expressing myself creatively in the future. But I’ll never let go completely of clay.

Creative Q&A with ceramicist Kajsa Cramér :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

Is there anything in particular that inspires you in your creative process?
The clay in itself is my biggest inspiration. I love all of its states – wet, bone-dry, burned and finished. And I try to show off all of its states in my objects, which is why I love to combine shiny and matte finishes and that’s also why I hardly use any color in my glazes.

Nature also inspires me a lot (Have you heard that one before? she says and laughs.) As I walk my dog in the woods and near the ocean I study shapes, shades and surfaces and the changes in nature with the seasons.

But of course I’m also inspired by interior magazines, blogs, shops and travels. Inspiration can also be found in a simple sheet of paper, a painting, a photograph or a wall color. I guess I’m always on the lookout and inspiration is a complex thing that you cannot always explain.

Creative Q&A with ceramicist Kajsa Cramér :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

Your dishes and platters are a perfect canvas for food presentation but also for display of other items in the home or to create beautiful stills around the house. Do you have a certain use in mind when you create a new piece?
When I create something new I have a basic idea of what I want to do. But my philosophy is also that it is up to the owner of my objects what to use it for. A lantern can be used as a vase, a bowl or as a pot for a plant. The mug becomes a bowl, the espresso cup turns into a candle holder etc.

I simply want the design of my objects to inspire the owner’s creativity.

Creative Q&A with ceramicist Kajsa Cramér :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

Do you have a personal ‘darling piece’ among your work?
At the moment I am very fond of my new tableware ‘Black’. I love that the clay is unfinished and matte in combination with an edge dipped in glaze. I really like it when the clay and its natural state is shown off without the disturbance of painted patterns.

I also love the candle holder and I use it for almost anything – pot, vase, pen holder etc. But I love it the most when used as a candle holder. When lit it becomes almost transparent and the throw lines become clearly visible. I also love that the outside is matte while the inside is shiny, which reflects the light beautifully. It shows that it has been made by hand. Perfectly imperfect.

* And lastly – a giveaway! *
Kajsa has also been kind enough to share a small object of hers for a giveaway with one lucky reader. It is named ‘Straight small bloom’ (pictured below).

Isn’t it just too cute? Personally I would use it for anything from flowers to pencils and toothbrushes…

If you would like to win, simply leave a comment below. The giveaway will close on Sunday, October 26th. And please make sure to leave your name and contact email so I can get in touch with you. And you are welcome to join in regardless of where you live in the world!

Straight small bloom by Kajsa Cramér :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

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anneliesblomsterochbakverk - October 13, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Åh, så fint alltsammans. Gillar dina intervjuer och små besök. Och så älskar jag Kajsa Cramers keramik och vill gärna vara med och försöka vinna den fina fina vasen.

Jennie Roos - October 13, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Åh, jag vill jättegärna vinna denna underbara lilla skapelse.

Patricia Brissos - October 13, 2014 - 1:22 pm

So So beautiful, what a gift! And I just love the idea that one thing can have so many uses. Amazing!

made by mary - October 13, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Det där är verkligen en otrolig konstform. Det ser så enkelt ut när de sitter där men har man provat själv vet man ju att så är inte fallet. Det krävs verkligen taland och hennes alster är bara så vackra, skulle inte ha något emot att ha skåpet fullt av hennes vackra keramik! Så givetvis vill jag vara med och försöka kamma hem den fina vasen på bilden. Håller tummar och tår hårt! :)

Charin - October 13, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Jag älskar Kajsa Cramér!! hennes keramik är helt fantastiskt och den där söta lilla saken skulle passa så fint hemma hos mig. Håller alla tummar och tår!

Karin Flood - October 13, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Jag älskar renheten i Kajsas verk. Den tunna, till synes sköra vasen är ljuvlig!Den matta ytan gör helheten.

Frida Olander - October 13, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Som student i vackra Jämtland, med fjäll och grönska som närmsta granne, vore det en fröjd att få plocka med naturen hem och förgylla den lilla studentlyan med en vas från min hemort Billdal. Jodå, jag är granne med den fina lilla verkstaden men aldrig fått råd till att unna mig en av hennes underbara kreationer!

Mikaela - October 13, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Å, nu tokhåller jag tummarna :-)

Kimberly O - October 13, 2014 - 4:39 pm

I love your work. The white porcelain clay is my favourite, too – I’m so happy one of your teachers encouraged you to use it! I agree that “imperfectly perfect” is the way to go with ceramics, it really gives it that something special.

Karolina Lann Vallin - October 13, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Den vackra vasen skulle jag gärna använda och njuta av hemma hos mig.

Renee - October 14, 2014 - 6:41 am

Very nice article and blog. It’s great to hear how Kajsa is following her dream…it shows in her work. The small piece is stunning in it’s delicate simplicity, and it would be a treasure!

Hannah - October 14, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Vilket fint reportage och fina bilder som alltid. Vaser kan man aldrig ha för många och denna fina skulle jag bli så glad för. Håller tummarna.

Anne-Mari Gabrielsen - October 15, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Jättefin keramik, jag är gärna med i utlottningen!

Hannah - October 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm

What a breathtakingly beautiful photo essay, and thoroughly inspiring interview. I would love nothing more than to win that lovely ceramic piece for myself!

Catarina Davidsson - October 18, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Gud så läcker! Klart att jag vill vara med och försöka vinna den.
Ha de gott. Catarina

Catarina Davidsson - October 18, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Så läcker. Klart att jag vill försöka vinna.
Ha de gott. Catarina

Ann-Louise - October 20, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Så delikat! Den hade suttit fint på en hylla högt upp, i säkert förvar från både Veras och Allans nyfikna små händer. :)

Anna Jansson - October 21, 2014 - 11:34 am

Åh vilken söt vas. Den vill jag gärna ställa på min byrå!

Natalie - October 21, 2014 - 2:45 pm

beautiful in their simplicity and highly desirable

Ulrica {Från sött till salt} - October 21, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Fint reportage som får mig att vilja börja en kvällskurs i drejning. ;)

Den vackra vasen skulle både göra mig och min dotter överlycklig då hon gärna plockar blommor, löv, pinnar, ja allt… Helt ska det stoppas i en vas att ha på köksbordet när hon äter. :)

Ha den fint.

Kram Ulrica

valerie scrivner - October 21, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Beautiful ceramics, each piece is unique, I would love to have one in my home!

Ruth Sjölin - October 22, 2014 - 8:22 am

Din blogg är snygg, välskriven och välgjord! Keep up the great work!