Noomi Backhausen, Denmark
Noomi Backhausen – Jespersen, Denmark.
Noomi Backhausen (29.12.1938 – 21.05.2011) is best known for her work at Soholm Pottery on Bornholm, Denmark.
She worked there between 1966-1990, and later continued to work on Bornholm in her own studio.
The Soholm designs by Noomi I tend to see most often are from the Cactus Series, (decor by Noomi, forms by Paul Brandborg) the Erika Series (decor Noomi, forms Paul Brandborg) series, and of course Noomi’s plethora of charming designs for stoneware wall plaques which Soholm Pottery has become very well known for.
Noomi’s designs are always bold and expressive, but also joyful and occasionally playful.
There are many other series designed by her, but the images here are of items that have passed through my hands at some stage.
With the wall plaque designs the form or shape number can be found stamped on the back. Sometimes there are a number of colour/pattern variations of each wall plaque – and this is signified by a single digit after the 4 digits of the shape number (e.g. 3589 2 ). Many of the designs seem to have 2-3 variations.
It isn’t as well known but later in life Noomi worked In her own studio on Bornholm, where she produced huge ceramic table tops.
For these, Noomi created large triangular tiles fitted together in a circle. Her husband helped her cement these large pieces into the forged metal frames which were made in Italy.
The 2 images below of Noomi working on her tabletops were on the Arts & Crafts Association of Bornholm some years ago – and fortunately I kept a copy as I can no longer find any reference to Noomi’s work other than at Soholm on the WWW.