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Glit Iceland

In the previous incarnation of this website, I had a brief article on Glit Pottery, Iceland. At the time I could not find out much about the maker, except that early Glit works were heavily textured and utilised volcanic lava melted into the glaze as decoration. This early Glit pottery featuring pumice, lava rock and ash was not that well known at that time outside Iceland, but over the past few years has become very collectable.

The images below are of a large piece of Glit pottery I had in 2013.

Glit Iceland

Glit Iceland

Glit Iceland

Glit Iceland

Glit Iceland Stamp

Early Glit Iceland Stamp

Recently I found out more about Glit, when I came across the Design Museum Iceland, which in 2013 held a retrospective exhibition of works from Glit Pottery.

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Royal Doulton “Kay”, c1914

This lovely Art Deco design is from Royal Doulton c1914 from their “D” series of dinnerware.

Called “Kay” the design features a charming hand painted design in an Art Deco style, in blue overglaze on plain creamware//earthenware.

Pieces in this design don’t seem to have survived well if used, as the eathenware or “creamware” base is quite “soft”, and easily prone to chipping, crazing, cracking etc. However considering the year this was released, at the start of World War 1, industry would have been facing some very tough times.

You can work out the production dates from these “D” series wares from Doulton 1899 to 1964 on the link here

Royal Doulton Kay 1914

Royal Doulton Kay 1914

Royal Doulton Kay 1914

Royal Doulton Kay 1914

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Søholm Denmark, EJ64 Krukke//Crock.

This large piece is from the EJ64 series by Einar Johansen for Søholm Denmark in the 1960s. I found it recently at an auction.

The unusual form which I haven’t come across before was designed to be used as a food storage crock or cookie jar by the look of it.

Subsequently it is quite a large, heavy piece.

 

Soholm EJ64 Series Crock

Soholm EJ64 Series Crock

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Arabia Ali Teapot

This is a piece I haven’t come across before.

The design of course is “Ali”, from Arabia Finland. The decor by Raija Uosikkinen and form by Kaj Franck. This is a large teapot, at least 4-6 cup capacity.

I love the gently tapering form and the overall balance of the design – made doubly impressive by the blue “Ali” variation by Raija c1960s for Arabia.

See my previous post on the work of Raija Uosikkinen HERE

 

Arabia Finland, Ali Blue Teapot

Arabia Finland, Ali Blue Teapot

Conny Walther

The pot in the first image is a quite large and heavily textured piece of studio pottery by the very well known Danish Ceramicist, Conny Walther (b1931 – d?).

Conny started off at Saxbo Pottery 1948-1949, but left after a year and studied the Arts and Crafts School in Copenhagen 1949-1951 where she graduated as a ceramicist.

She then worked at Kahler Ceramics in Naestved 1951-1952, before opening her own studio in Birkerod, north of Copenhagen with her husband, Artist Bent Stubbe Teglbjerg – who sometimes decorated her works. In her later years she worked as a painter.

Her early work consisted of high fired earthenware, simply decorated with thick glossy glazes, before moving on to high fired stoneware with ash glazes (askeglasurer).

In the 1960s and 70s she experimented freely with stoneware sculptures composed of burned, unglazed, part geometric, part organic shapes of porcelain clay, often which with heavily textured surfaces.

I think the first piece here belongs to a period in the middle somewhere, early 1960s probably. It is high fired stoneware, with what appears to be a clear ash glaze. Her CW cypher is one that is instantly recognisable.

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Rorstrand Fiesta

Rorstrand “Fiesta” was produced c1950s by Rorstrand Sweden. It is a timeless design, equally at home in a contemporary kitchen. This was a golden era for Rorstrand, with designers like Marianne Westman, Birger Kaipiainen, and Inger Person working there. The designs by Marianne Westman are said to have produced 45% of the company’s turnover in the 1950’s to mid 1960’s

However I haven’t been able to ever find any reference to the designer of “Fiesta” which came in 3 colour-ways. Yellow, Red and Blue.

The design is a simple, striking design consisting of a black line pattern, over hand-painted yellow, blue or red banding. The forms are simple, generous, streamlined and elegant.

Rostrand Fiesta

Rostrand Fiesta – Yellow Variation

Rostrand Fiesta - Yellow Variation

Rostrand Fiesta – Yellow Variation

Rostrand Fiesta - Yellow Variation

Rostrand Fiesta – Yellow Variation

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Arabia Finland , Anja Jaatinen-Winquist

Anja Jaatinen-Winquist (b 1934 – ) started with Arabia Finland in the late 1960s while the company was going through a rapid period of change and expansion, and she continued working at Arabia in the product design department until 1974.

She designed several tableware services for Arabia including the M model “Karelia” with its iron oxide decoration, “Saara” (in production 1971-1976), and also Kalevala, and Paju (which came in both blue and yellow variations)

Anja was also a very skilled wheel thrower and made one-off items for the art department…although these works are very hard to find now.

Arabia Finland Saara

Arabia Finland Saara

Arabia Finland Saara

Arabia Finland Saara

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Eva Zeisel “Ceylon”

It is not well known that Eva Zeisel (1906- 2011) – more known now as an iconic America designer, in her youth was an important emerging designer in West Germany.

The very striking design in this post by Eva is called “Ceylon” and was design by her at Schramberger, and later developed further at Carstens. It appears to be now very rare.

Eva Zeisel was born Eva Stricker into a Jewish family in Budapest, where she studied painting at the Royal Academy of Art from 1923 -24 and sold some of her pottery designs at open air markets.

Around 1925 she was employed by Schramberger Majolikafabrik as in the Black Forest, as their chief designer. Here she produced over 200 designs, many of which weren’t well documented. Many of them though stayed in production long after she left Schramberger. Some of them have been reissued by MoMA in New York, the Brooklyn Museum and others.

In 1930, she moved to Berlin, where she worked  briefly for Carstens Lübeck, then for about 18 months at Carstens-Hirschau and also as an independent designer.

Eva designed several coffee and tea sets including this Ceylon for Carstens-Hirschau.

The tea service “Ceylon” was released in 1933, and produced until about 1935 with at least 4 documented patterns. The design for “Ceylon” was obviously designed earlier by Eva though, as there are a number of pieces you can find with the Schramberger Ceylon stamp like the one in this post.

I love the sugar bowl in the first image below – it looks like something of a cross between Bauhaus, Cubism and Futurism.

The influential Bauhaus and the emerging Modernist movement must have been quite an influence on Eva at the time. You will notice some subtle differences between the larger plate design (above) and the smaller plate design (below).  I would love to see what the cups and tea/coffee pots from this service looked like – but havent been able to locate any images.

Carstens-Hirschau closed production in 1956, while the Schramberg facilities closed in the late 1980s.

Some of information above has been sourced from the informative Spritzdekor website here: 

Eva Zeisel "Ceylon", Schramberger

Eva Zeisel “Ceylon”, Schramberger

Eva Zeisel "Ceylon", Schramberger

Eva Zeisel “Ceylon”, Schramberger

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