Ceramic artist

Ceramic artist

A Danish ceramic artist

Gunhild Aaberg is a renowned Danish contemporary ceramic artist based in Copenhagen. Together with her son and agent - Sigge Aaberg Kærn - she runs her own ceramic gallery and studio in Lille Strandstræde 14 (also known as Strandstræde Keramik).

In her studio she handcrafts and fire all her ceramic art pieces, which all are entirely unique - each artwork takes many days and often weeks to create.

In her early years of her career she also designed some ceramic design – some of this design is now made in Copenhagen in very small amounts and can be purchased in her gallery along with her art works.

When Gunhild Aaberg exhibits she is known for creating art installations and not be limited by working entirely with clay as a material. But clay has always been her preferred material.



Gunhild Aaberg graduated in 1964 from Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts. The same year Gunhild Aaberg - together with Jane Reumert and Beate Andersen - established their own gallery and studio - Strandstræde Keramik - in the heart of Copenhagen. Gunhild Aaberg has now taken over both the gallery and the studio.

In the 70'es Gunhild Aaberg cooperated with Royal Copenhagen and Dansk Designs Ltd. and developed some ceramic designs (all rights are owned by Gunhild Aaberg).

Numerous of times Gunhild Aaberg has been affiliated censor at the Copenhagen School of Decorative Art and Kolding School of Design as well as guest teacher at the Danish Design School and at the Jutland Art Academy.

Gunhild Aaberg's ceramic art pieces are exhibited around the world and many of her ceramic sculptures and jars are found in museum collections inside and outside of Denmark.

She is member of the Danish exhibition group Keramiske Veje (Ceramic Ways) and L’Académie Internationale de la Céramique. In 1999 Gunhild Aaberg was awarded the prestigious life long Honorary grant by the the Danish Arts Foundation.

Represented at

World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea

National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

The Royal House of Norway

Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Staatliche Gallery Moritzburg, Halle, Germany

National Art Gallery, Tirana, Albania

Ny Carlsberg Fondet, København, Denmark

Accademia di Danimarca, Roma, Italy

Statens Kunstfond, København, Denmark

Designmuseum Danmark, København, Denmark

Röhska Konstslöjdmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden

Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway

Hässelby Slott, Stockholm, Sweeden

Sammlung Dr. Hans Thiemann, Hamburg, Germany

Kunstmuseet Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany

Clay Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, Denmark

Ellen og Knud Dahlhof Larsens Fond, Denmark

Ministry of Culture, København, Denmark

The Danish Cultural Institut, København, Denmark

Hälsingborg Stadsmuseum, Hälsingborg, Sweden

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Ann Linnemann Studie Galleri, København, Denmark, (solo) 2013 • Skagen Odde Naturcenter, Skagen, Denmark, (solo) 2012 • Flamenska Galleriet, Borås, Sweden, (solo) 2009 • Höganäs Museum, Höganäs, Sweden, (solo) 2006 • Galleri Nørby, København, Denmark, (solo) 1999, 2005 • Carlin Galerie, Paris, France, (solo) 2004 • Galleri Pagter, Kolding, Denmark, (solo) 2000 • International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Tirana, Albania, (solo) 2002 • Earth and Fire, Halle, Germany, (solo) 2001 • Nordisk Keramik Trienal, Stockholm, Sweden, (solo) 2000 • Seramik Sergile, Izmir, Turkey, (solo) 2000 • Det Danske Kulturinstitut, Athen, Greece, (solo) 1998 • Galleri Björnen, Stockholm, Sweden, (solo) 1998 • Galerie Handwerk, München, Germany, (solo) 1998 • Det Danske Kulturinstitut, East Wood, England, (solo) 1996 • Galerie Loes + Reiner, Denver, The Netherlands, (solo) 1993 • Rosenthal, Hamburg & Roma, Germany & Italy, (solo) 1984 • Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway, (solo) 1981 • Kunstindustrimuseet, København, Denmark, (solo) 1977

Selected Group Exhibitions

Dansk keramik i 100 år, Maison du Danemark, Paris, 2018/19 • Keramiske Veje, CLAY - Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, 2018 • "Ceramics in Architecture and Public Space", Design Museum of Barcelona, 2016 • "Keramiske Veje", Sophienholm, Denmark, 2015 • "Keramiske Veje", Bredgade Kunsthandel, København, Denmark, 2014 & 2013 • Puls Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium, 2010 • "Keramiske Veje", Sophienholm & KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad, Denmark, 2009-2010 • Lacoste Gallery, Concord, USA, 2008 • Sofa Art Fair, New York & Chicago, USA, 2008 • "From the Kilns of Denmark", Paris, France & Berlin, Germany, 2004 • Carlin Galerie, Paris, France, 2003 • "From the Kilns of Denmark", Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York - Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg - Mingei International Museum, San Diego - Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento - Racine Art Museum, Racine, USA, 2002-2003 • "Keramik aus Dänemark", Galerie Handwerk, München, Germany, 1999 • Det Danske Institut, Athen, Greece, 1998 • "Images of Denmark", Accra, Ghana, 1997 • "From the Golden Age to the present Day", Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995 • Gallery Besson, London, England, 1995 • "Tender is the North", Barbican Centre, London, England, 1992 • "Céramique Danoise", Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travelling Exhibition, France, 1983 • "Scandinavia Today", Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA, 1982 • Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA, 1981 • National Gallery of Denmark, København, Denmark, 1981 • Museum Flehite, Amersfoort, the Netherlands, 1980 • Galerie am Graben, Wien, Austria, 1977 • Helsingborg Stadsmuseum, Helsingborg, Sweden, 1975 • Exempla, München, Germany, 1974

Selected grants and awards

The Danish Arts Foundation’s lifelong Honorary grant

The Danish Arts Foundation’s 3-year working grant

Chr. Grauballe's Award

The Danish State Art Foundation

The Danish National Bank Anniversary Foundation

The Jork Foundation

Ole Haslund's Artist Award

C.L. David Foundation


    Ceramic studio and gallery, Lille Strandstræde 14


    Ceramic gallery, Lille Strandstræde 14A

  • Studio Gunhild Aaberg

    Ceramic studio, Lille Strandstræde 14D


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Lille Strandstræde 14
1254 Copenhagen K, Denmark


Phone studio: +45 33 11 99 46

Photos by Ole Akhøj, portrait by Ole Haupt