Arabia Suomi Finlandia wheel thrown (?) bowl

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Arabia Suomi Finlandia wheel thrown (?) bowl

Post by subversivegrrl on March 12th 2019, 2:38 pm

Heavy, thick bowl, a little over 6" wide x 1" high, with the impressed mark "Arabia Suomi Finlandia." The ink stamp that uses that wording dates to ~1930-1949 - not sure if this is of similar date.

Other hand-made Arabia pottery I've seen has been inscribed "ARABIA" and the artist's initials. Maybe they didn't like this enough to put their name on it, but it was good enough to be sold under the company's mark? Any insight into its production would be greatly appreciated.

(I fiddled with the contrast on the last photo to try to emphasize the marks left from working the clay.)



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Re: Arabia Suomi Finlandia wheel thrown (?) bowl

Post by NaomiM on March 12th 2019, 2:58 pm

The quality wasn't as high during the 30s and 40s due to the Depression and the War. The flowering of the company was during the 60s. I'm afraid I don't know their manufacturing techniques but I think there's a machine for making plates and dishes, which were then hand finished.

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