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Hjorth Denmark, Part 2

Hjorth Sheep & Girl Figurine

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.

Hjorth Bowl - Design by Gertrud Kudielka

Hjorth Bowl – Design by Gertrud Kudielka – typical of her decorative patterns with a folk look to the design.

Hjorth Bowl - Design by Gertrud Kudielka

Hjorth Bowl – Design by Gertrud Kudielka

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.

Hjorth Sheep & Girl Figurine

Hjorth Sheep & Girl Figurine – Design attributed to Gertrud Kudielka

Hjorth Angel Figurine

Hjorth Angel Figurine

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.

Hjorth Urn Shaped Vase

Hjorth Urn Shaped Vase

Hjorth Cylindrical Vases - 1960s

Hjorth Cylindrical Vases – 1960s

Hjorth Ribbed Vase 1960s

Hjorth Ribbed Vase 1960s

Hjorth Bowl - Malene Roge

Hjorth Bowl – Malene Roge, probably 1970s

Hjorth Bud Vase

Hjorth Bud Vase – These small bud vases are amongst my favourite pieces of Hjorth Pottery – there are a huge number of designs, all with lovely intricate designs. All are hand thrown, and either hand painted or carved like this one.

Hjorth Teapot

Hjorth Teapot – This lovely teapot is made of the same clay as the pharmacy ware produced from 1927 – almost impossible to date however as this design with the brown grey clay and simple glaze has been in production ever since – and is even in included the new working museum range.

THIS Danish website also has some well researched and nicely photographed articles on Hjorth Pottery.

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