Signe Persson-Melin

Craftswoman, ceramist and designer Signe Persson-Melin has had one of the longest careers in Sweden’s design world. She was just a teenager when she decided to become a ceramist in the early 1940s. A few years later, while attending the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack), Svenskt Tenn bought her teapots and mugs. Since then she has contributed with numerous table products.

Signe Persson-Melin worked with pewter for the first time in the beginning of the 2000s. For Svenskt Tenn’s 80-year anniversary in 2004 she made a collection in honour of Estrid Ericson. Signe was one of ten female designers invited to participate in the “Nytt Svenskt Tenn” or New Svenskt Tenn anniversary project. Her contribution was a teapot, a cream pitcher, thin bone china mugs and a coaster in pewter. She soon came to realize how pewter is related to clay. This happened while witnessing how the soft, embossed Myrtle pattern on her dinner service bearing the same name, could be transferred directly to the coaster’s pliable pewter.