Gutte Eriksen, Denmark
From 1936 to 1939 Gutte Eriksen studied at the School of Art in Copenhagen. In 1948 she spent two months working with Bernard Leach in St Ives, and later that year she worked in France with Pierre Lion and Vassil Ivanoff. She visited Japan to work with local potters in 1970 and again in 1973. In 1942 she had her own studio in Kastrup South of Copenhagen until 1953, where she moved to Karlsminde in North Zealand. Gutte influenced a generation of Danish potters with her work and teaching. She taught at the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts, Arhus in the 1960's and 1970's. in 1972 Gutte won the Gold Medal in Faenza, in 1985 she was awarded the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal of the Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and in 2000 she was given The Prince Eugen Medal, awarded by the Swedish Royal Family for outstanding artistic achievement.