JUST IN: Hjordis Oldfors Bock (Goat) designed for Upsala-Ekeby

Hjordis Oldfors Bock (Goat) designed for Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden and produced from 1954 to 1956. Marked UE (Upsala Ekeby) and Made in Sweden, 3 1/4 " high , 3 1/4 " wide , 4 1/2 " long. Price: $125

Hjordis Oldfors (1920-2014) was born in the western Sweden city of Gothenburg. Hjordis spent the first few years of her working life  as a banker. It was only when she was nearing 30 that she enrolled in the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg. When she completed her studies, she was given an apprenticeship painting patterns in the studio at Upsala-Ekeby. After her apprenticeship, she opened her own workshop, ”Brand Form” (Burned Form), in Gothenburg.

When Upsala-Ekeby artist Anna-Lisa Thomson tragically passed away in 1952, the company needed a new designer, and Hjordis Oldfors returned. That marked the beginning of what she called her “eight good years.” Hjordis quickly rose to stardom, and her design was hailed by critics and the public alike. Alongside Ingrid Atterberg and Mari Simmulson, she completed a trio of strong women designers who would set the tone for Upsala-Ekeby in the fifties.