Hanna Järlehed Hyving obtained her MFA in Ceramics in the School of Design & Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. The artist’s creative work evolves around her interest in the ceramic materials and their different expressions. Water has been a reoccurring theme and this is also to be seen in these creations. Hanna is using the china clay for the white colour giving her glazes the perfect backing and the stoneware for its strength and solidity. The thick layers of transparent glazes get their vibrant surfaces through a reduction firing process in a combined gas and an electric kiln.
As during the Romantic era, in the late 19th century, it is the emotions that are in focus in Järlehed Hyving’s ceramic works. Even though her work nowadays has the character of sculptures, she does not want to let go of the contact with the ceramic tradition. While the sculptural orientation marks a release from the traditional use of ceramics, the plate is preserved as a formal starting point. However, the plate does not get the character of a ceramic utensil, it rather becomes a container for a symbolic, personally coloured content.
The works of Järlehed Hyving have won numerous international prizes, notably, in Korea and Japan. She has been exhibiting extensively since 2000 all over the world, and takes active part in different international art fairs, prizes and exhibitions.