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Jette Hellerøe & Einar Hellerøe, Denmark

Jette Hellerøe + Einer Hellerøe, Denmark

Jette Hellerøe: (b. 1940) Became a ceramist after studying at the Copenhagen school of fine arts in 1960. Her Father was Einer Hellerøe, and Jette worked at her father’s factory before, during and after completing her degree. At her Father’s pottery she also produced work under her own name.

Einer’s studio was called Haslev Keramik, founded in 1940, and was located in Haslev – a town in the southern part of Sjælland/Zealand.( The correct spelling of Einer’s name has been confirmed. It is often seen written as Einar, but Einer is the correct version)

Jette worked at Haslev Keramik until 1972, and then moved to Lønstrup (northern Jutland in Denmark) with her husband Flemming Schouboe where they set up their own pottery and shop. Flemming helped with the production, especially handling the firing processes and the glaze, but did not create work under his own name.   This studio operated up  until 2001.

Jette is also known for the work she produced for BR Keramik and Axella Keramik. BR stands for Brothers Rasmussen – a wholesaler of ceramics, who had a number of ceramicists produce work for them, and release it under the BR brand.

I have recently been able to solve a long running mystery about mid-century Danish Ceramics thanks to Jette’s granddaughter Sofie.

It is often been thought that Jette might have designed the now iconic “Amazonas” dinnerware for BR Keramik…but puzzlingly it was often signed EH – and has often been mis-attributed to Danish Potter, Eigil Hinrichsen – which I have always had doubts about.

I can confirm that Amazonas was in fact designed and made by Jette’s father Einer Hellerøe, around 1958, hence the EH cypher. The EH cypher Einar used is quite different to that of Eigil Hinrichsen (as well as the style of work) – but the mis-attribution seems to have spread widely. Further on I have some images of other works with Einar’s cypher for BR Keramik.

Amazonas Design, BR Keramik, Design Einar Hellerøe

Amazonas Design, BR Keramik, Designer and Maker Einer Hellerøe. Photo Ray Garrod

One of Jette’s best known series of dinnerware designs in her own pottery is the “Parana” series:

Jette Hellerøe Denmark

Jette Hellerøe Denmark – from her “Parana” series. Photo Ray Garrod

Jette Helleroe Parana Series

Jette Helleroe Parana Series – Photo via CopenhagenBlack on Etsy

Jette Hellerøe for Axella Denmark

Jette Hellerøe for Axella Denmark , photo via DanishMood Etsy

Jette Hellerøe Denmark

Jette Hellerøe Denmark, Own Studio, Photo Ray Garrod

Among Jette’s most valued pieces now however are the lamps and lamp bases she produced for Axella.

Jette Helleroe Lamp Shade

Jette Helleroe Lamp Shade for Axella Denmark – Photo by DanishVintageDesigns Etsy.

Jette Hellerøe for Axella Denmark

Jette Hellerøe for Axella Denmark. Photo via VintageDanishDesigns Etsy


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Dybdahl Denmark

This article is a combination//summary of articles about Dybdahl Pottery, Denmark which I had posted on the previous incarnation of this website.

Further information will be added as I edit and add new information and photographs about the Dybdahl Pottery – much of it from the assistance of kind people who have helped me with over the past years including Belinda, Leif, Andy, Lasse and many more. A small book is eventually planned collating all of the information and photographs which have been gathered together.

Dybdahl Pottery, Denmark is one of the first Danish Potteries that really grabbed my attention. The patterns, decoration and unique nature of the forms and designs captivated me over 15 years ago when I first discovered it, and I continue to find new forms and decorations which I haven’t seen previously.

Briefly, Margrethe Dybdahl (1916-1999) worked together with her husband Palle Dybdahl (1918-2001) in their workshops in North Zealand, in the town of Allerød. Palle was educated as a potter at Holbæk Pottery Factory. He then studied at the Danish Design School where he graduated in 1936. He was also later a teacher at the Danish Design School for a period.

Margrethe was educated at the Rostrup-Boyesen Art School 1934-1936 and the Danish Design School 1936-1937 where she met Palle. Margrethe was never a potter but a very accomplished painter and decorator of pottery. It is probably the quirkiness and unique gentleness of many of her designs which attract me – she was able to communicate such joy and feeling with her painting and design.

Below: My first ever piece of Dybdahl Pottery – a stunning large teapot, beautifully decorated and constructed.

Dybdahl Denmark Teapot

Dybdahl Denmark Teapot, Photo Ray Garrod

Palle and Margrethe had started up their first workshop together in Hørsholm 1952-1959. They had 2 to 3 apprentices here. They bought their house in Allerød circa 1958 and established a workshop in what was previously a stable next to the house. The house is located in a beautiful area surrounded by woods and was probably the inspiration for many of Margrethe’s nature motifs (insects, bees, spiders, birds, leaf patterns, etc.). They lived and worked here until they died, both at age 83, two years apart.

Dybdahl cat vase

Dybdahl cat vase, photo Ray Garrod

Dybdahl Milk Jug

Dybdahl Milk Jug – Photo Ray Garrod

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Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik was a small pottery located on the island of Funen Denmark.

They produced some impressive stoneware items in the 1960s -1970s. Other than that not much is known about the pottery at this stage. Their work wasnt that well known until recently, but over the past few years has been popping up on quite a few auction sites and Etsy.

I have had one piece of Sejer previously, the impressive “Brutalist” looking large matt stoneware bowl below.

They also produced some stunning lamps and lighting – 1 design which I’ve seen in person at an auction, and the others pictured below (after the page break)

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

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