URSULA KLASMANN 90th BIRTHDAY
Ursula Klasmann was born on December 4, 1930 in Tallín, Estonia. From 1950-54 she studied with Oswald Haerdtl (1899-1959) in the class for commercial and industrial designs at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In addition to her diploma, she was awarded a prize for special achievements. Haerdtl himself was a pupil of Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), who in turn delivered extremely successful service and decor designs for the Augarten porcelain factory founded in 1923. The influence of Hoffmann and the spirit of the Wiener Werkstätte is visible in many respects in the work of Ursula Klasmann.
In 1955 Ursula Klasmann finally began her artistic activity, which lasted until 1985, as a qualified designer at the Augarten porcelain factory. With her concise geometric ornamentation, mainly in black and white, she reformed the view of the possibilities of porcelain decoration and thus followed the principles of the Wiener Werkstätte. Smoke sets, vases in all sizes, as well as candlesticks and cans gave the production important impulses, also with regard to the shapes. In 1960 Ursula Klasmann's large dinner service (form 75) was presented at the Triennale in Milan, and in 1965 it won an award at the craft fair in Munich.
The Vienna Porcelain Manufactory Augarten is particularly pleased to be able to offer its well-known service again on the occasion of Ms. Klasmann's 90th birthday.