b. Sweden; lived in Finland

Rut Bryk was born in Stockholm in 1916. She studied graphic design at the Central School of Industrial Crafts (Taideteollisuukeskuskoulu) in Helsinki from 1936 to 1937. Her early work included illustrated books and postcards featuring nature, animals, and architecture. Adept in a variety of media, she also designed tableware for Tapio Wirkkala and textiles for Vaasan Puuvilla-Finlayson, but she is primarily known as a ceramic artist.

Bryk received numerous award during her career ranging from the Finnish State Design Prize in 1974 to the Commandeur d l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) in 1980. In addition, Helsinki University made her an honorary doctor of philosophy in 1994. In 2015, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City included her work in the exhibition Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today.

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