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 (1925 – )
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 a 1960s reproduction of a form from 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. Pieces made in 1916 at Hjorth in the style of the excavated pieces usually were not glazed – and definitely not glazed in this more modern style.
THIS Danish website also has some well researched and nicely photographed articles on Hjorth Pottery.