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Erling & Karin Heerwagen

Erling & Karin Heerwagen, Langeland Denmark.

The charming and skilfully made studio pottery stoneware pieces below are from the Pottery of Erling and Karin Heerwagen from Langeland, Denmark.

The pottery is still operational and has been in operation for several decades. Other than this basic information, there doesn’t seem to be much documented about the work of Erling and Karin. Their work has a cheerfulness and charming quirkiness which makes it quite unique.

Recently, in going through the digitised archives of the Royal Library Denmark I found several pieces from the Heerwagen pottery in a Den Permanente catalogue for 1972.

The first piece below is a bowl I have from Heerwagen with a delightful bird motif repeated around the outside. It appears to be from the 1970s or 1980s.

Heerwagen Denmark

Heerwagen Denmark

….and the next images are from the Den Permanente catalogue, 1972 via the Royal Danish Library:

Heerwagen Denmark - Den Permanente 1972

Heerwagen Denmark - Den Permanente 1972

Heerwagen Denmark - Den Permanente 1972

Heerwagen Denmark - Den Permanente 1972

Den Permanente Catalogue 1972 - Heerwagen

Den Permanente Catalogue 1972 – Heerwagen

Den Permanente Catalogue 1972 - Heerwagen

Den Permanente Catalogue 1972 – Heerwagen

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Marianne Starck “Negro” Series, Michael Andersen & Sons

Marianne Starck “Negro” Series, Michael Andersen & Sons (part 1)

Marianne Starck 1938 – 2007 worked at Michael Andersen & Sons, Bornholm as the Artistic Director from 1955 to its closure in 1993. During these decades her output of designs was vast – but isn’t well catalogued. Every year I  continue to find designs by her which I haven’t come across previously.

Marianne originally come from Germany where she undertook an apprenticeship at the Thoms pottery in northern Germany, and later studied graphic design in Germany at Landeskunstschule (University of Fine Arts, Hamburg).  Her most successful designs at Michael Andersen & Sons often have very strong graphic elements as part of the design – reflecting her training in this field.

One of her most striking and now most coveted and popular series of designs was for the 1950s “Negro” series. This series features white motifs carved through to black clay – the form would have been slip cast first and then finished and carved by hand and you can usually see the carve marks in the black clay.

The motifs in this series vary from abstract forms, to stylised plants, animals and human forms to simple repeat patterns. Usually the glaze is a bright white, but there are also pieces which have a white glaze speckled with oatmeal colour.

There are also some variations on this series which I will show in a future post.

Below are some of the designs I have had, which are just a fraction of the forms from this very large and popular series:

Michael Andersen Denmark, Marianne Starck Negro Series

 

Michael Andersen Denmark, Marianne Starck Negro Series

Michael Andersen Denmark, Marianne Starck Negro Series

Michael Andersen Denmark, Marianne Starck Negro Series

Michael Andersen Denmark, Marianne Starck Negro Series

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Trude Barner Jespersen, Denmark.

Trude Barner Jespersen, Denmark.

Trude Barner Jespersen was born in 1938 and died in 1997, Dianalund, Denmark.

In the 1960s – 1970s she produced a series of designs for Bing & Grondahl. It was a stunning series of contemporary porcelain designs which Im surprised are not more well known.

Equally Im surprised that her talent is not well documented. It happens often with Artists and Potters that some become well known and well documented, and others simply by coincidence, history seems to bypass. In Trude’s case it may also have something to do with passing away at a relatively young age of 59.

There is a black and white photograph of Trude’s series for Bing & Grondahl in the book “New Design in Ceramics” Donald J Willcox, 1970 – a book which focuses on talented Scandinavian ceramicists – but there is no written information about the design or Trude’s work.

From what I can see, Trude’s work as a potter and designer seems to have developed along 2 streams – her contemporary, clean, streamlined porcelain designs for Bing & Grondahl, and her more traditional domestic, wood fired stoneware studio pottery from her workshop in Dianalund in the West of the Island of Zealand, Denmark.

Below is some Biographical information from the Danish Artists Database HERE

Trude started her own workshop/studio in 1962, making her own porcelain clay, and glazing with various ash and salt glazes. She was inspired by trips to the west cost of Greenland in the 1970s and has produced a number of reliefs and other works with with Greenlandic and maritime themes.

Trude Barner Jespersen Works:

  • Porcelain series (1967, Bing and Grøndal, 1975 decorated by Icelandic artist RUNA);
  • Misiqssut at Disko (relief, 1973, Ikast Handelssk.);
  • Baffins Bay (Relief Series, 1974);
  • The displacement of the population of Kutdligssat, Disko (relief, 1985, Nuuk City Hall);
  • Sound insulation collage (1986, ASA-Lift, Dianalund);
  • 2 Greenland Reliefs (1990, Gudrun’s Memorial, Dianalund);
  • Columbus Ship Relief (1992); 6 ship reliever (1993, Colonien Filadelfia, Dianalund 1993).
Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s – Photographer unknown

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s via DBA Denmark.

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work – Photo via DBA Denmark

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work. Photo via DBA Denmark

 

There are also some charming photographs online of Trude in her workshop in Dianalund on the Danish Archive site Arkiv.dk 

Trude Barner Jespersen, in her Studio, Photographer unknown via Arkiv.dk

Trude Barner Jespersen, in her Studio, Photographer unknown via Arkiv.dk

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Gutte Eriksen – 2 Recent Finds

Gutte Eriksen – 2 Recent Finds

I was very fortunate recently to find not just one, but two pieces of important Danish studio pottery by Gutte Eriksen. (read my previous post on Gutte here)  The pieces were in an auction lot of assorted Danish pottery and I only recognised the first one as by Gutte – until I got them home and cleaned – as all of them were covered in years of dust and soiling. To my surprise there was a second and larger piece by Gutte which revealed itself when cleaned.

The first is a charming urn form with lid and handles standing just over 12cm tall. It has subtle cobalt blue decoration, and the textured ash and borax glaze she has become associated with. The tiny bubbles in the glaze are a characteristic of this glaze and caused by the borax content.

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

The second piece has a pattern around the shoulder which I have seen previously on pieces by Gutte.

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Rhonda Boehm, Barossa Valley, Australia

Rhonda Boehm, Barossa Valley, South Australia

From time to time I come across lovely stoneware fired pieces by local potter Rhonda Boehm.

Rhonda Boehm (b ? – d 2005)  worked from a studio in the Barossa Valley, South Australia – and was most active during the 1980s.

Her work has a distinctive and honest quality to it – and is most often in muted mushroom pinks and bluish greys. Rhonda specialised in coloured clay slips and dry glazes over a carved whitish coloured clay body. Pieces were glazed on the inside with a clear glaze most often.

Some works have a botanical design, and others have precise and geometric patterns carved into the stoneware fired clay. There is something reminiscent of the hues of the Australian sunset and landscape in Rhonda’s use of colour and design.

The images below are pieces by Rhonda which have passed through my hands over the years.

The information quoted below is from the ever growing and hugely informative Australian Pottery >1960s Website and associated pages by Judith Pearce.

Rhonda Boehm ( -2005) owned a hairdressing salon in Nuriootpa, SA, before taking up pottery in the early 1970s under her married name, Rhonda Longbottom. She completed a ceramics course…. and set up a studio in the caretakers’ cottage of an old stone winery she renovated with her husband in Tanunda, SA. She also ran a successful gallery in the main building and was an active member of the Potters’ Guild of SA. In the mid-1980s, she divorced and began practicing under her maiden name. Work produced before her divorce is incised ‘Rhonda Longbottom’ or impressed ‘RL’ with the R inside the angle of the L. Work made after is impressed ‘RB’ with the R reversed. Some pieces may also have an impressed kangaroo. Others may be incised ‘Boehm’.

Rhonda Boehm, Barossa Valley, South Australia 1980s

Rhonda Boehm, Barossa Valley, South Australia 1980s

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Ditlev Denmark, 1967 Catalogue

Ditlev Denmark, 1967 Catalogue

Im very attracted to the smooth streamlined forms which Dane, Henrik Ditlev created on dark chocolate brown clay, along with his superb glaze colours.

Much of what he produced was designed for serving food – dinnerware, teapots, plate-ware, coffee pots, serving dishes and so on. Ditlev pottery was so well made and thrown, with tough glazes and superb quality clay – that when you come across it now, some 50+ years later – it is often still in excellent condition.

Interestingly, the type of plate and serving wares he produced is very much in vogue currently in top end Restaurants around the world. ( See my previous entry for  Ditlev HERE ).

Recently I found in a 1967 Den Permanente Catalogue (which the Royal Danish Library has digitised here) a whole range of Ditlev pieces which were sold through Den Permanente in Copenhagen. These digitised catalogues are such a great resource, especially when trying to identify a date of production and how a whole production series fitted together.

Ditlev Denmark, 1967 Den Permanente Catalogue

Ditlev Denmark, 1967 Den Permanente Catalogue

Ditlev Coffee Pot

Ditlev Coffee Pot – photo via “modapple” etsy – listed as item “d” in the catalogue page above.

Ditlev Denmark, 1967 Den Permanente Catalogue

Ditlev Denmark, 1967 Den Permanente Catalogue

Ditlev Denmark - Small bowl or Ashtray

Small red bowl, or ashtray – appearing in the catalogue entry above in 3 sizes.

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Tue Poulsen Denmark

Tue Poulsen Denmark

From time to time I come across beautifully formed stoneware forms from Denmark, stamped “TUE” in tiny letters underneath. Tue is the stamp of Tue Poulsen (b1939 -)  a highly accomplished ceramicist and artist who has a permanent gallery and studio in Fårevejle, in the east of Zealand, Denmark.

Tue has a comprehensive website which is so refreshing (and rare it seems!) to find.

The website is jam packed full of wonderful images and information about his work. It is well worth spending some time to read it all.

His sculptural work is astonishing, but equally accomplished are his ceramic vessels – often produced in series. The first image below is of a piece I found recently at an Auction.

Tue Poulson Stoneware Vase

Tue Poulson Stoneware Vase

Tue Poulsen Ceramics

Tue Poulsen Ceramics 1960s-1970s via Tue Poulsen Website

On Tue’s website he also has photographs of early series and works like the one above – which is great to help identify the era pieces were made in.

Tue Poulsen Stoneware Vessel

Tue Poulsen Stoneware Vessel Backstamp

Tue Poulsen Vessel

Tue Poulsen Stoneware Vessel

In addition to his own studio pottery, Poulsen has also designed pieces for Stogo (1963, 1976)), Torben Orskov (1963), lamps for Domus Danica (1970), furniture for Westnova (1973) and ceramics for Knabstrup (1973). Read more

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen – Den Pemanente

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen – Den Pemanente

I have been slowly going through the digitised catalogues of Den Permanente, Copenhagen – held by the Danish Royal Library HERE 

In the 1967 Catalogue I was interested to find some works by Herluf Gottschalck Olsen, who’s work is not widely known nor well documented. Read more about him in my previous post here. 

During his relatively brief life he obviously had a profile, and was viewed as an accomplished potter to be able to have work for sale through the juried process of Den Permanente.

It’s good to be able to slowly build up an image library of works of this Danish Potter who could have so easily been lost to history.

Works by Herluf Gottschalck Olsen

Works by Herluf Gottschalck Olsen, Den Permanente Catalogue 1967, Royal Danish Library

 

Herluf Gottschalck Olsen

Works by Herluf Gottschalck Olsen in the Den Permanente Catalogue 1967 – Royal Danish Library – Full Page

I also found another piece by Herluf on the online Danish auction site “DBA” from 2012: Read more