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Rorstrand Blue Fire – Hertha Bengtson

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Hertha Bengtson designed “Blue Fire” for Rorstrand Sweden in 1949, and it was in production from 1951-1971. It became a hugely popular design both in Sweden and internationally with its sweeping and bold biomorphic forms, and  intense blue glaze.

It was the first major dinner service designed by Hertha, who unlike many of her peers had a strong interest in the design of dinnerware.

It is a slip cast earthenware porcelain with a subtle and quite beautiful moulded herringbone pattern  which isn’t always apparent at first glance.

Some pieces of the dinnerware are in bright white, contrasting with the intense blue of the other forms. It was also released with a deep red coloured glaze. I have read that it was also released in a grey and a green – but haven’t been able to find any record of those colours.

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – large platter

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – Large Platter

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – Small Bowl

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – Small Dish

 

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire Teapot Image via shop “MrsMarvellousVintage” Etsy

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – white and blue components, Image via “TheSaleRoom”

Rorstrand Blue Fire - Red

Rorstrand Blue Fire – Red Image via Porslinspojken facebook

Rorstrand Blue Fire with White Cup & Saucer,

Rorstrand Blue Fire with White Cup & Saucer, Image via “happymoosevintage” Etsy

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – Small Dish

There are some fascinating sketches and other ephemera by and about Hertha held in the Sweidsh Designarkivets database HERE.

They give invaluable insight into the thinking and design process which Hertha followed. Below is one of Hertha’s working drawings of the Blue Fire design.

Blue Fire Sketch, Herth Bengtson

Blue Fire Sketch, Herth Bengtson via “Designarkivets” database Sweden.

 

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