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G.O. Denmark – Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery Bowl

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen, Denmark

It took a while to identify this Danish Studio potter – but as I have found in the past, things reveal their secrets eventually. With help from Maike of “DanishMood” on Etsy I was able to identify the maker of the wonderful stoneware piece pictured below.

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery Bowl

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery Bowl

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery Bowl

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery Bowl – Top View

I think that work by accomplished and experienced potters always stands out from the rest – and this is no exception with its rustic but refined charm, expert use of glaze, pattern, motif and skilled wheel throwing. It has a cream colours, brushed underglaze, with a deep turquoise overglaze – and the pattern as been drawn in the overglaze to reveal the colour beneath.

The potter turns out to be Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen 1915-1968 (Aged just 52).

There is very little information on the web about this potter, except that he worked for a reasonable time at Stogo Pottery (which was formerly Mørkøv Ceramics) founded in 1940 by Peter Hansen. It closed in the mid 1980s. I have had Stogo pieces previously, but never linked the two.

I’m unsure at this stage whether the pieces simply signed G O are from Herluf’s own studio, or whether he produced them while at Morkov/Stogo under his own name as was often the practise.

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery Bowl

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery Bowl – G.O Cypher on the base

Some of the Stogo pottery pieces have the cypher of Herluf Olsen as well as the Stogo mark. They produced a variety of stoneware studio and domestic pieces.

The two pieces below are photos from Maike’s “DanishMood” store on Etsy.

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Chevron Pattern Studio Pottery Bowl

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Chevron Pattern Studio Bowl

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery

Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen Studio Pottery Lamp

If you know any more about this Danish Potter, love to hear from you direct (contact tab) or in the comments section.

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