Address: Snäckstrand, 38633 FÄRJESTADEN
Paradisverkstaden is a family business that designs and produces ceramics in its workshop and studio on Öland.
It all started at Capellagården, Carl Malmsten’s school in Vickleby on Öland. Olof trained as a potter and Eva as a textile artist. After further training and practice in France and Denmark, they started Paradisverkstaden in 1975. From the outset, the design language was unique with its folds, spheres and inward ridges. The origin lied in Olof’s shapes and Eva’s decorations. At an early stage, they also began to take on apprentices interested in further education after various art schools.
In the 1980s, they developed the popular series “Blue and Pink Floral” and “Slottskrukan” (Castle Pot). They were named Purveyor to the Court in 1986.
Olof turned bird baths, candelabras, and multi-level étagères which Eva decorated in relief. As demand increased, part of the raw goods production was outsourced to potters on Gotland. Production was later moved to a small workshop near Gdansk in Poland, due to a shortage of professional turners over here and good craftsmanship over there.
In the 1990s, the colour scale exploded in Eva’s collection “Daring Dots and Stripes”. Olof developed new double-throw techniques, producing forms that Eva painted in gold and platinum. They exhibited at the NK department store and interior design company Svenskt Tenn, and started to participate in exhibitions in Stockholm and Frankfurt. Using fyle clay, they developed the Nature series and the Beach series in white and platinum, as well as a new decorative technique with the Spira (sceptre) dinnerware series. In collaboration with Millesgården, they made their first cast collection called “Seed Pod”, which is still growing and has now become a classic.
While Eva continued to produce unique plates and urns with hand-carved reliefs, Hannah Paradis released her first collection of vases and pots in lush shapes and checkered decorations. Moa Paradis developed the Line collection, containing garden products such as hanging bird baths, funnel-shaped pots and the beautiful small candlestick holder “Linje”, which is one of Paradisverkstaden’s best-selling products.
In the all-new dinner service “Krasse/Fantasi” (Cress/Fantasy), Eva’s paintwork merges with Hannah’s shapes and Moa’s lines. Both daughters work with design and are responsible for market exposure and production, while Olof designed all the new Paradisverkstaden buildings. The new workshop was inaugurated in 2014. Here you can see the various production stages in progress.