Skansen

The Pottery

Press Release   •   Feb 02, 2011 07:11 GMT

The Pottery (Krukmakeriet) comes from Södermanland. It dates from the beginning of the 19th century and was run by the same family for several generations.
The pottery at Skansen produces both modern wares and traditional Swedish ceramic products. Using a wheel, the potter forms bowls, pots and dishes from clay. These are then dried, decorated, glazed and fired at a high temperature. Today’s kilns are electric but formerly there was a large, wood-fired kiln in a shed just behind the workshop.
The art of making vessels from clay dates back to prehistoric times. Thus the potter’s craft is one of the oldest known to man. But it was not until the late middle ages that the technique of throwing clay on a wheel reached sweden. During the 18th and 19th centuries there were potters in every Swedish town. Because of the fire hazard, potteries were usually sited on the outskirts of towns.