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Max Thorsbro Pedersen – Dybbøl Pottery Denmark

I found the interesting little piece of pottery in the first 3 images some time ago, and only just recently stumbled on its maker. Originally I read it as “Dybdahl” but of course it is not even in their style. It is a piece by Max Thorsbro Pedersen from Denmark c1950s from his Dybbøl Pottery in South Jutland Denmark. 

I found a little about Max from the Danish website for Broager.dk – a community website for Broager.dk, designed for the use of the citizens of the city and region around Broager. The website has some history of the Ceramics and Art of the area, including how Max Throsbro Pedersen fits in to the story. 

After the closure of the Broager Railway in 1932, the station building in Broager has been used for various purposes, most recently as a station inn. In 1937, manufacturer C H Clausen opened a pottery workshop, Broager Keramik, in the station building with Ingemann Nielsen as potter. In 1945, the pottery passed to Max Thorsbro Pedersen, who employed three journeymen, three apprentices and three ladies, who mainly decorated the pottery.

Broager Keramik produced small and large vases, Aladdin lamps, milk jugs, maternity pots, dishes and dolls’ frames and ashtrays.There is still a lot of ceramics from Broager Keramik, especially in Broagerland, where Broager Church’s twin spiers are stamped on the back of the goods.

In 1959, Broager Keramik closed and Max Thorsbro Pedersen opened a small pottery workshop in Dybbøl

It is unclear how long the pottery run by Max Pedersen in Dybbol operated until….if anyone knows contact me and I can fill in the gaps. I would also be interested to see more of his work – there doesn’t seem to be much of it around online. 

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery – Photo Ray Garrod

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery – Photo Ray Garrod

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery – Photo Ray Garrod

I also found these interesting pieces on Etsy: 

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery – Photo via Etsy store “LikeADanish”

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery – Photo via Etsy store “LikeADanish”

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery – Photo via Etsy store “LikeADanish”

…AND this fantastic large piece I noticed on 1stDibs. 

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery

Max Thorsbro Pedersen- Dybbøl Pottery- Photo via 1st Dibs

Hutschenreuther Hartkeramik Dinnerware

This very seventies looking design is from German maker Hutschenreuther.

The pieces in this dinner set are a high fired stoneware.  The glaze is a glossy orange glaze on a brown clay. Where thinner the glaze allows the brown clay body to show through (e.g. the ridges and corners), but also on the outside of each piece often the orange glaze has brown undertones on smaller pieces. The glaze also has a lovely subtle orange peel type texture in parts.

It was part of the “Hartkeramik” series from Hutschenreuther head designer Renée Neue in the 1970s. Neue is well known for his use of bright bold colours, striking vases, and the bold dinnerware designs for the company during this period. 

The forms in this series bear some stylistic similarity to the well known Thomas Germany, “Scandic Shadow” series of tableware designs by Scandinavian ceramic designer Hertha Bengtson, and is typical of the design from this era. 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Teapot from Hutschenreuther, Germany:  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series

 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Tea Cup/Saucer from Hutschenreuther, Germany.  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Lidded Casserole from Hutschenreuther, Germany.  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Soup Cup, Hutschenreuther, Germany.  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series

 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Hutschenreuther, Germany. Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Milk Jug and Sugar Bowl, Hutschenreuther, Germany.  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

The backstamp on this series features the Hutschenreuther Lion logo and the Hartkeramik stamp. 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Backstamp on Hutschenreuther, Germany – Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

Below, one of the bolder colour combinations on dinnerware from the same period by Renée Neue for Hutschenreuther which he is probably better known for, than for the use of a single colour on his ceramic designs. 

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Crazy Sea Shell Teapot – Souvenir Ware

I just had to buy this bizarre looking and quite Surrealist teapot as soon as I discovered it listed on Etsy several years ago –  It is just so over the top – and so bizarre – Ive never seen anything quite like it. A large sea shell, covered in seaweed, barnacles, shellgrit and more – just as if it had been lifted out of the ocean. Its actually very well made and decorated considering it was made as “Tourist Ware”

Souvenir or Tourist Ware Pottery was very popular in the mid 20th Century – and these pieces are bizarrely stamped “Echternach”  – a town in Luxembourg. A shell teapot from a country which is landlocked ?- very curious why. 

I believe it was probably made in Japan, as I have since seen these pieces with different backstamps for different makers and or tourist destinations- so I am guessing it was production ware which would have been stamped with the purchasers mark.

I’m told by some others who have come across this design, that it also came in some slightly different colour variations, and sometimes the teapot had a wicker wrapped handle. 

Tourist-ware Shell Teapot

Tourist-ware Shell Teapot

Tourist-ware Shell Teapot

Tourist-ware Shell Teapot

 

The photos of the same setting (below)  came via Etsy from the store of “Kitchenology” by Hanna, (now closed). Love the cups!….

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set