Helle Allpass Denmark
Helle Allpass, Denmark, (1932 – 2000).
Work by accomplished potters always stands out from the rest. The flat turned piece pictured below I had for several years before I discovered its maker, went on to find out more about her story, and then discovered the lovely bowl by Helle also pictured below.
Helle Allpass trained as an architect initially, but followed a family tradition of pottery soon after. Her father was Christian Schollert, of Schollert Keramik, and her Grandfather Christian Johansen from Korsør.
Helle started her own studio in 1964 just north of Copenhagen, which became very successful and included her founding of the North Zealand Ceramics association. She lived and worked here for the rest of her life, but sadly suffered from Parkinsons disease from around 1996.
Helle’s is best known for her large, sculptural, architectural and garden pieces – often featuring her signature cobalt blue glaze. She also used a reddish iron rich flecked glaze quite often. You can also find smaller studio wheel-thrown pieces though like the ones pictured here from time to time. Many of the sculptural pieces were made from wheel thrown pieces, combined to make very tall forms.
Her daughter Ane Schollert worked alongside Helle during her last years, and Ane has continuation a family tradition and still works as a potter in Copenhagen. Aneschollert.dk