& INGRID TRILLER - Biography
and Ingrid Triller were husband-and-wife ceramists
specializing in stoneware who were trained in
Germany and established a studio in Sweden, which
they operated for thirty-seven years.
Erich was born in Krefeld, Germany, in 1898. Ingrid
Abenius was born in Västerfärnebo, Sweden, in
1905. They studied at the Staatliche Keramische
Fachschule, in Bunzlau, Germany, from 1929-32,
and obtained further training from the prominent
Bauhaus ceramist Otto Lindig, in Dornburg an der
Saale, Germany, from 1932-34. They married in
1934 and, in the following year, established a
small ceramics workshop in the village of Tobo,
which is located north of Stockholm, in the province
of Uppland. In the same year, they purchased a
railroad-car-load of clay from the Swedish town
of Höganäs. This was enough to keep them supplied
for their rest of their careers.
Trillers' work was heavily influenced by the Bauhaus
approach to ceramics, particularly the emphasis
on the control of the objects produced. As well,
like many European ceramists of their generation,
they were influenced by the forms and glazes of
ancient Chinese ceramics. Their quest for excellence
was reflected by painstaking attention to the
work process, which allowed them to better control
the results of glazing and firing. Records were
kept on every piece they produced, and every firing
was documented in a special book. They wanted
the results of their work to be consistent; they
were not interested in having "surprises" occur
in their kiln. They were remarkably successful
in this regard as is evidenced by both the precision
of their forms and the consistent exquisiteness
and subtlety of the various glazes they employed.
Trillers' first exhibition was held in 1936 at
NK (Nordiska Kampaniet), the famous Stockholm
department store. Later, their work was exhibited
at the New York World's Fair (1939), the Gävle
Museum (Gävle, Sweden, 1943), Hantverket (Stockholm,
1943), the Milan Triennale (1960), and Hantverket
(1965). Erich Triller died in 1972, and Ingrid
died in 1982. In 1975, a retrospective exhibition
of their work, titled "Triller of Tobo: Stoneware
1935-1972, from Erich and Ingrid Triller's Workshop
in Tobo," was mounted by the Nationalmuseum (Stockholm)
and the Röhsska Museum (Göteborg). At present,
the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Gera, Germany)
is planning an exhibition, titled "Heirs to the
Bauhaus: Ingrid and Erich Triller," which is scheduled
to open in October 2010.
Dahlbäck Lutteman, Helena. Svensk 1900-talskeramik.
Västerås: ICA Bokförlag, 1985. Pp. 93-94.
Åke. "Tre Trillers." Form 3 (1965): 166-68.
i Tobo: stengods 1935-1972 från Erich och Ingrid
Trillers verkstad i Tobo. Stockholm: Nationalmuseum;
Göteborg: Röhsska Museum, 1975.