Eduard Klablena

Bucany 1881 - 1933 Langenzersdorf

Eduard Klablena was born in Bucany in Slovakia in 1881. In 1895 he became a student at the studio of the chaser and sculptor Karl Waschmann, and in 1900 we find him attending the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts as a guest student. From 1902 to 1910 Klablena mainly lived in Germany, especially in Berlin. He designed models for the Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM) Berlin, among other things. In 1910 he returned to Austria and founded his own workshop in Langenzersdorf near Vienna.
As early as 1911-12, he enjoyed success with his ceramic designs at the winter exhibition of the former Austrian Museum for Art and Industry, today’s MAK Vienna, predominately with animal sculptures, though also with ‘fashion ladies’. The successful presentation of his ceramic works at this ‘competitive exhibition’ of Austrian artists culminated in the long-term acceptance of 120 models by the Wiener Werkstätte. In the years to follow, Eduard Klablena distinguished himself with his ceramics at important exhibitions both at home and abroad, above all in Germany, and exported his works all over the world from 1915 onwards, including to America. He died in Langenzersdorf in 1933.