Anna-Lisa Thomson


Potter, painter.

Anna-Lisa Thomson studied at the Higher School of Art and Design in Stockholm from 1924 to 1928 and then in Italy, Austria, Prague and Dresden.

Between 1928 – 1933 she worked at S:t Eriks ' factory in Uppsala and designed tea sets in green glazes and ceramic objects with Reliefdekor. In the middle of the 1930 century Thomson came to Upsala Ekeby and worked there all his active life.

Primarily, Thomson created art goods in various ceramic materials with clean, often nature-inspired, decorative elements. Among the most famous works are the Vase Paprika (1948) which was performed in various shapes and sizes and the urn Lancet (1949). Thomson is represented at the National Museum and several other museums.

She also painted, and the works were often nature inspired with motifs from the west Coast where she spent parts of the year. Posthumously, the book echoed by days of Light Timbre (1953) with poems and illustrations by Anna-Lisa Thomson was published.


Burial site: 0318 – 1310

Image description: Anna-Lisa Thomson with ceramics, Uppsala 1937. Photo: Gunnar Sundgren / Upplandsmuseet. [The image is cropped]
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Mari Simmulson



Mari Simmulson was born in St. Petersburg by Estonian parents and received her sculptor training at the state Art school in Tallinn. In the 1930s she practiced at the Finnish porcelain factory Arabia.

In 1944 Simmulson moved to Sweden and began working together with Wilhelm Kåge at Gustavsberg Porcelain. Mari Simmulson was active at Gustavsberg until 1949 and then returned to Upsala Ekeby where her most remembered production was created.

Characteristic of Simmulsons art are imaginative, colourful and decorative figures, vases and reliefs as well as free sculptural pieces, such as "Balinese", which was quickly sold out and "The Boy on the turtle" that was made for many years.

Simmulson also performed more decorative assignments and several of her works are exhibited at the Uppsala Art Museum.

"Mari Simmulson exhibits a new collection, Presenta AB, Östra Ågatan 39, Uppsala 1959. Photography: Uppsala-Bild / Upplandsmuseet.

A plate performed by Mari Simmulson around 1950. Square with rounded corners and sides. Earthenware with white glaze and decor in pastel colors. Photography: Olle Norling / Upplandsmuseet.

Burial site: 0406-0001 (Memorial grove, The Old cemetery)

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