In 2011, ceramist and visual artist Eva Gernandt founded a new brand of china: by Mutti. She designed and independently produced a collection entitled TRO HOPP & KÄRLEK (FAITH, HOPE & LOVE), dedicated to the seafarers of the world.
By Mutti’s TRO HOPP & KÄRLEK collection is a synthesis of the millennium-old craft of china manufacture and classic, old-school tattoo art, developed in the heyday of the great sailing ships. It recalls the era when Europe’s East India Companies brought the first china back from Canton to Europe – along with the tattoo art of Indonesia, on the bodies of their sailors.
The millennium-old china manufacturing process remained a mystery and a secret to Europeans until the late 18th century. China by Mutti is still manufactured in Canton today, where it is kiln-fired to a temperature of some 1,400 degrees C. Mostly handmade, it is made of natural clay, which is why it sometimes contains small dots of iron, and its colour and ornament may vary slightly. This is feldspar porcelain that is both dishwasher and microwave safe, and FDA and Prop 65 approved.
Since its introduction in 2011, the collection has received excellent notices in the quality design press. It is available in fine housewares shops, boutiques, restaurants and museum shops in Sweden and the rest of Europe.
The goal has been to create a table setting suitable for every occasion and every phase of life, a set of china you can collect or give confidently.
Eva Gernandt has been a professional ceramist for over a quarter of a century. Her work primarily involves hand-crafted collections, delicate objects and designs inspired by the colours and patterns of the sea. She has studios at the old porcelain factory in Gustavsberg, outside Stockholm, and in Skillinge, on the Österlen coast.