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Bjorn Wiinblad – Part 3: Own Studio//Vaerksted

Bjorn Wiinblad Part 3: Own Studio work (Vaerksted).

Number 3 of a 3 part series summarising Wiinblad’s career as a ceramic designer.

I think some of the most impressive work by Wiinblad comes from his work in his own studio,  “Værksted”  which started in 1952 in Copenhagen. Generally they are “fajance” ware – eathernware pieces with a white base glaze on which a coloured design is hand painted. Wiinblad designed all of the pieces from his studio, and painted many of them himself – but had also help of up to 3 skilled painters to paint his designs onto the forms to keep up with the volume produced.

Bjorn Wiinlbad - Group of Studio Pieces

Bjorn Wiinlbad – Group of Studio Pieces

Wiinblad’s designs from his own “Vaerksted” often featured whimsical characters, sometimes in quite bizarre costumes and headgear – in the forms of lady-head vases, figurines, sculptures, candlesticks, and jars. Read more

Bjorn Wiinblad – Part 2: Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Rosenthal.

Number 2 of a 3 part series summarising Wiinblad’s career as a ceramic designer.

Wiinblad began work with German Company Rosenthal around 1957 after being “discovered” by Philip Rosenthal who was looking for new designs for Rosenthal line. This collaboration with Rosenthal became one of the most important in his life and lasted over 50 years.

The work by Wiinblad at Rosenthal is often characterised by its colour saturated, almost psychedelic use of pattern and colour – often highlighted with the use of gold and silver.

I think some of the most spectacular series Wiinblad produced at Rosenthal were the 3 different series of Christmas plates, and out of these the “Gospel” plates, (1971-1982) are undoubtedly the most spectacular with their jewel like use of colour, highlighted with gold outlining.

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1976

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1976, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1977, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1977, Rosenthal

The following is a list of series Wiinblad designed for Rosenthal, from the German Wikipedia site for Wiinblad, which has the best entry I have found on Wikipedia for Wiinblad. The list is not complete, but It has some good timelines and milestones of Wiinblad’s career: Read more

Bjorn Wiinblad – Part 1: Nymolle

Bjorn Wiinblad at Nymolle.

Part 1 of a 3 part series of articles on 20th Century superstar designer, Bjorn Wiinblad (1918-2006)

Bjorn Wiinblad was a Danish painter, designer and ceramicist who worked in a wide variety of media including painting, set design, fabric design, and illustration. To most of us however he is known as one of the superstar ceramic designers of the 20th Century.

What attracts me to his work is Wiinblad’s skilful use of expressive line and colour, combined with the whimsical nature of his work which always makes you smile.  Wiinblad’s work is unlike any other. His style of expression is highly personal, and has a touch of the oriental and exotic about it.  It is hard to think of another illustrator or ceramic designer who comes close to Wiinblad in either quality, originality or output.

Early in his career Wiinblad worked mainly in graphics and illustration, but the turning point came when he got the opportunity to work more on his own ceramics in the studio of ceramicist Lars Syberg in Tastrup near Copenhagen. He held his first public exhibition in 1945 – the exhibition was quite a mixed bag of ceramics, portraits, and children’s books – including a complete illustrated edition of “Aladdin”.  This exhibition proved to be the jumping point for his career, as through it he became known to Jacob Bang who had just been promoted to the position of Art Director of Nymolle Pottery, and eventuated with Wiinblad starting work with Nymolle in 1946.

WIINBLAD at NYMOLLE

At Nymolle Wiinblad produced exquisite and highly detailed pen and ink drawings which were printed onto a wide range of pottery items – usually in just one colour – with Black, Red and Blue being the most commonly used.

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