Elsa Elenius

ELENIUS, ELSA Ismene (1897-1967)
Ceramic artist




Teacher of ceramic art at the Central School of Applied Arts and of the Institute of Applied Arts 1930-1962, leader of the department 1945-62.

Elsa Elenius was appointed as teacher of ceramic art in 1930 after professor A.W. Finch. She made a long and successful career promoting and teaching Finnish ceramic art.

The starting point of Elsa Elenius's own production was old Oriental ceramics, which she greatly admired. Her ceramics was sure of form, classically pure and splendidly glazed. This could not go unnoticed in the European centres of art. Elenius receiv ed great recognition for her works.

  • Central School of Applied Arts 1930
  • Elenius experiments with clay masses and glaze productionin the Manufacture de Sèvres laboratory under the leadership of professor Grangèr in 1931.
  • Prizes in industrial art exhibitions: Barcelona World's Fair 1929, (gold medal); Milano Triennale 1933 (Gran Premio and Diplome di Collaborazione); Brussels World's Fair 1935, (Grand Prix); Paris World's Fair 1937, (gold medal).
  • She took part in numerous exhibitions both at home and abroad and had several exhibitions of her own.
  • Works of Elsa Elenius are to be found in e.g. the Finnish Museum of Applied Arts, the Collections of Wittorio Emanuele III (1933), Nobel Collections (1937), the Finnish Parliament House (1937), and the Finnish Embassy in Washington DC (1939). Elsa Elenius made study trips to e.g. Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsingborg.
  • Merit Cross of the Finnish Lion (1950) and Pro Arte Utili medal (1952).


Works by Elsa Elenius

Vase
Vase
©Photograph:
Museum of Applied Arts, K.962

Vase, ca. 1910. Stoneware
Vase, ca. 1910. Stoneware
©Photograph:
Museum of Applied Arts, 03027

Plate
Plate
©Photograph:
Museum of Applied Arts, K.967

Vases
Vases
©Photograph:
Museum of Applied Arts, K.959