G.O. Denmark – Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen
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.
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.
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.
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