Friday, November 12, 2010
The little guy in the center is a viking by Rolf Berg of Sweden. I don't know who made the wooden viking - I found it at a Scandinavian importer's warehouse sale. The big viking was made by Maigons Daga in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Daga was a ceramic artist who primarily made animals and used very nice, organic glazes, which elevated his pieces to an artistic level. Most of his pieces are mounted on a piece of stone or wood. This is my first non-Scandinavian piece posted here - Daga was from Latvia and worked for a time in Adelaide, Australia before moving to Minneapolis in 1954 and opening his studio in 1970. His distinctive style and glaze techniques are very at home with the works of other Scandinavian ceramicists, though.
The Rolf Berg viking is an early piece, as evident by the hand-incised RB on the base. Daga signed almost all of his pieces with his last name written on the bottom of the stone (or wood) base, and also usually in the glaze on the bottom of the pottery pieces.