Henrik Ditlev Larsen, Denmark
Henrik Ditlev Larsen worked as a wheel thrower at Lars Syberg Pottery in Denmark in the 1940s and 1950s during its heyday. He simply went by the name of Ditlev.
He worked alongside Bjorn Wiinblad who was just starting his career also around this time. Wiinblad was allowed to produce some of his own work at Syberg, and Ditlev threw pieces for Bjorn Wiinblad, who then decorated them.
Ditlev went on to start his own pottery in Lyngby, Denmark in 1956 – and later went to work with Bjorn Wiinblad again, when Wiinblad purchased Nymolle pottery around 1976.
The work that you come across from Ditlev’s own studio are always elegant and simple, and at the same time very precisely made. If you find pieces with handles by Ditlev they are usually thrown pieces attached to the clay body, and they show his high level of his skill as a thrower, as do his perfectly formed flat plates.
Im always drawn to his glazes as well – often speckled as can be seen in the pictured examples, and never boring in colour. Most pottery I have come across by Ditlev is of a utilitarian nature and very high fired, tough stoneware.
Most pieces have rich, deeply coloured glazes and are made from a very dark brown clay that looks like chocolate!
Pieces of Ditlev pottery are either hand signed with a bold “Ditlev” cypher, or have a small round stamp “Ditlev Denmark”