Hjorth Denmark, Part 2
There is so much more to Hjorth Pottery than the commonly seen Art Nouveau style terracotta coloured pottery.
Many artists, potters and designers have been associated with the factory, creating a huge diversity of styles.
One of the most influential ceramicists at Hjorth was Gertrud Kudielka was born in Bohemia (Czechoslovakia). She was a visiting artist 1930-1931, 1934-1936 and 1938-1939. After WWII she fled her homeland and moved to Denmark where she became a citizen in 1957.
Some other important Hjorth artists are:
Holger Drachmann (painter/poet 1846-1908)
Kristian Zahrtmann (painter 1888-1968)
Gertrud Kudielka (1896-1984)
Adam Fischer (1888-1968)(sculptor)
Lisbeth Munch-Petersen (1909-1997)
Ursula Munch-Petersen (1937-)
Jane Reumert (1942-2016
Ulla Gahrn (1937 – )
Eva Sjögren (1930-2008)
But there were many more including visiting artists and ceramicists.
Gertrud worked at the Hjorth Pottery from 1949 until her retirement in 1964 . For more than 30 years she helped shape the factory’s production. Her most well known designs are small figurines, and beautifully patterned hand painted patterned pieces with a traditional folk look to the desisn.
The striking piece below I believe is from in the 1916 catalogue, the title of which translates as “copies of Bornholm excavations”. Copies from which age I’m not sure, as Bornholm has been occupied since pre-historic times by several races/tribes of peoples. The glaze though looks like one from the 1960s. Maybe it was remade then, or maybe it is a piece from 1916 – sometimes you will come across anomalies like this. Still a fascinating link to history through a beautifully made piece of early 20th Century pottery.
THIS Danish website also has some well researched and nicely photographed articles on Hjorth Pottery.