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Stogo Demark Stoneware Dinnerware

I’ve written previously about the Danish Potter Herluf Gottschalk Olsen HERE . As well as his own studio pieces he produced high quality, hand made production ware at Stogo Pottery Denmark (which was formerly Mørkøv Ceramics founded in 1940 by Peter Hansen).

Stogo Pottery closed in the mid 1980s, but Olsen died much earlier in 1968 at aged just 52. This dinnerware setting by Olsen appears to be from the early 1960s – and is the one you will find most often from Stogo Pottery today – the lack of wear on pieces is a testament to its toughness and durability.

The dinnerware consist of high stoneware fired pieces, with a typically fritted dark Danish stoneware clay. The colour of the clay bleeds through beautifully into the light highly glossy pinkish oatmeal colour glaze on them. I love the detail on the pieces like the ridges on the handles of the cups, and the grips on the creamer – in addition to the beautifully made, sophisticated, and well designed forms.

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark- Cereal Bowls

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark- Photo via Happy Moose Vintage Etsy

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark- Photo Via Happy Moose Vintage Etsy

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark- Creamer

 

Stogo Denmark

Stogo Denmark bowls 

Rorstrand “Party” – Marianne Westman

Rorstrand “Party” – a design by Marianne Westman for Rorstrand Sweden, c1950s.

This is just so beautiful! I love the muted colour scheme of soft grey and a mustard yellow on this design of stylised abstracted tulips. The attention to detail is lovely too – with the hand painted tiny black stems at the base of each flower. It is a design I had never seen before until very recently.

It probably dates to the mid 1950’s, although I haven’t been able to find any verified information about the design. The design is on the same forms as “Mon Amie” and many other Westman designs of this period. Large generous cups are a feature of this series of forms too. A joy to look at.

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

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Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni (1929-1973) was a very well known and much loved graphic designer before his untimely death in 1973. He is known world wide for his now iconic poster design, especially for the posters of The Little Mermaid, Tivoli and Copenhagen.

I never knew until I discovered the ceramic wall plaques pictured in this post, that Antoni had designed a whole series of charming and very smart graphical and colourful designs for Bing & Grondahl – I presume late 1960s, early 1970s going by the style of design. The use of flat, graphical areas of bold colour, subtle detailing and outlining, really makes these designs pop. 

I’m not sure how many designs were in the series, but from what I can make out, each of the stylised creatures represented on the plaques has at least 2 different versions. Absolutely charming…and unique.

I discovered also that some of these designs were made into carpets/rugs for Egetæpper and Unika Væv Denmark. 

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

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