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Søholm Denmark, EJ64 Krukke//Crock.

This large piece is from the EJ64 series by Einar Johansen for Søholm Denmark in the 1960s. I found it recently at an auction.

The unusual form which I haven’t come across before was designed to be used as a food storage crock or cookie jar by the look of it.

Subsequently it is quite a large, heavy piece.


Soholm EJ64 Series Crock

Soholm EJ64 Series Crock

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Gerd Hiort Petersen Denmark – Soholm Period

Born in 1937, Gerd Hiort Petersen became Bornholm’s first female pottery apprentice when she took up her apprenticeship at Michael Andersen pottery as a youth.

By the age of 27 her stoneware and porcelain were being exhibited in Denmark and abroad.

She worked for Royal Copenhagen from 1965-1973. While she was at Royal Copenhagen she designed many pieces, including their 1973 Annual Mug.

My interest in her work however lies in the fantastical and imaginative pieces she created at Soholm Pottery, Bornholm where she worked 1961-1962. They have quite a surrealist/ancient vibe about them with their fantastic creatures  – although these designs may be based in spirituality as Gerd is also very well known for her Church commissions.

Gerd Hiort Petersen, Soholm Urn 3330

Gerd Hiort Petersen, Soholm Urn 3330

Gerd Hiort Petersen, Soholm Urn 3330

Gerd Hiort Petersen, Soholm Urn 3330

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Marianne Starck “Negro” Series, Michael Andersen & Sons (Part 2), Variations

The “Negro Series” sometimes referred to as the “Tribal” series was designed by Marianne Starck in the 1950s for Michael Andersen & Sons on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. You can read more about it in Part 1 HERE. 

In addition to the strikingly bold, black and white designs there were some variations with this series. Because there doesn’t seem to be much documentation about this series of designs –  It is hard to know sometimes if pieces were designed as part of the Negro series, or simply colour variations added later due to its popularity.

Also you will find that many of the shapes and forms used on the Negro series, were used for other designs coming out of the pottery during these mid-century years.

Henrik in Denmark, who is a passionate collector of the work of Marianne Starck has provided a number of photographs of part of his large and growing collection of Starck’s work for Michael Andersen – and in particular the large number of series which she designed during the 1950s including the “Negro” series.

Henrik has collected many pieces and variations of her designs which are very hard to find, and his collection goes to show us how prolific and original Marianne Starck was as a designer, in addition to being a skilled ceramicist.

Firstly, here are some of the less commonly seen black and white “Negro” series designs: (click on small images to bring up scrolling gallery).

Now some of the variations:

From what I can see the “Negro” variation most often seen, is the one with black and white + red ochre:  The use of red ochre as an accent colour on these designs really makes them “pop”.


There is also another group which may or may not have beed designed as part of the original “Negro” series. It often has the same forms and designs often found on the Negro series, but has a black body with turquoise/green glaze. My favourite is the bold design bottom left.

Then there is another design, which also seems to be a variation of the Negro series motifs, featuring a black clay body, with red ochre+chrome green with no white. Read more