Abbednaes Potteri Denmark
“Abbednaes” is a small pottery in Dianalund west of Copenhagen. It was originally owned by a Kurt Olsen who purchased the existing business in 1952 , and gave it the name Abbednaes Potteri. He was very talented and knew the old traditions of pottery and was also a good teacher.
Many of the students that came to Abbednæs learned from Kurt, and now have their own potteries.
Abbednaes is now run by Annegrete Rasmussen who came to work with Kurt from High School in the later 1990s. She produces a range of domestic pottery items with lovely decorative patterns. Read more
Gutte Eriksen, Denmark 1918-2008
I have been fortunate to have in my collection 2 pieces by important Danish studio Potter, Gutte Eriksen.
Gutte Eriksen influenced a generation of Danish potters with both her work and teaching. She taught at the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts, Arhus, in 1968-71, 1973-4 and 1976-8.
Her public commissions include fountains in Østre Landsret and Holstebro. In 1972 she won the Gold Medal in Faenza and in 1985 she was awarded the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal of the Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
In 2000 she was given The Prince Eugen Medal, awarded by the Swedish Royal Family for outstanding artistic achievement. She was honoured with a major retrospective at the Vejen Kunstmuseum in 2001.
Gutte Eriksen was born in 1918 in Rødby on the island of Lolland in Denmark. She studied at the Kunsthåndvaerkskolen in Copenhagen from 1936 to 1939. In 1941 she set up a studio with two other artists in Hareskov, moving to her own studio in Kastrup the following year.
In 1948 she spent two months working with Bernard Leach in St Ives, and later that year she worked in France with Pierre Lion and Vassil Ivanoff. From 1953 she worked in her studio at Karlsminde.
(The information above was sourced from a now non-existent website called “Galerie Beson”)
The influences of Bernard Leach and the Japanese potters can be clearly seen in her work. She visited Japan to work with potters there in 1970 and again in 1973.
Below are the photographs of pieces I have had by Gutte. In photo 2 you might be able to see the handle or “ear”, which is Gutte’s cypher or stamp – the letter “G”which has been mostly covered by the glaze.
Gutte Eriksen Studio Vessel
Ursula Printz Mogensen 1920-1993
Ursula Printz came to Sweden from Germany at the age of 17, and In 1939 became a student of Wilhelm Kage at Gustavsberg.
Due to her outstanding skills and knowledge she became director of the painting department at Gustavsberg in 1942 where she stayed until 1951 when she moved to the Royal Copenhagen factory Denmark. While at Royal Copenhagen she also met her future husband Jorgen Mogensen.
In 1953 she moved to her own studio in the town of Holte in Demark, where Jorgen joins her in c1964-5.
From this studio they both continued to work for many years.
Ursula’s work is characterised by the strong use of pattern and brushwork.
Her work from Gustavsberg is usually signed “UP”, “Printz,” “Ursula”, and occassionally simply a painted yellow snake. At Royal Copenhagen for studio pieces used “Ursula P”, often together with the year. In her own workshop she used most often signed her work simply “Ursula”
Ursula Printz Mogensen, Own Studio, Lamp – Photo Lauritz.com
Ursula Printz Mogensen – Slab Jar, Own Studio
Ursula Printz Mogensen – Slab Bottle
Ursula Printz Mogensen – Studio Signature
Ursula Printz Mogensen, Gustavsberg Jar via freeformsusa.com
The group of images below of Urusla’s work below Swedens National Museum of Art & Design which has a large collection of her work online HERE Read more
Annette From, Denmark
Work by Annette From of Denmark made in the 1970s and 1980s I come across from time to time. As of 2012 she was still working at her studio in Asnæs (a village in the western part of Zealand, DK)….I am not sure if this is still the case.
She was born in 1931 in Ghent, Belgium. Annette exhibited widely in Denmark between the 1960s and 1990s – but surprisingly little of her work is seen on the market these days.
Her training as a potter was completed in 1951 after having been taught by Nathalie Krebs (Saxbo) and others, and she set up her own studio in 1963.
The thrown forms I have seem made by her are from the 1970s and 1980s, and are solid, well made pieces with uncomplicated glazes. These thrown forms are made with have heavily textured clay as I find with quite a lot Danish Studio Pottery.
Her free-form sculptural pieces pictured below are also interesting, especially when grouped together in different ways – creating different interactions and small sculptural vignettes. While there are only 2 in a group below, they dont appear to have been made as “sets” and any number could be arranged in any manner.
If any readers of this site have work by Annette, I would love to see it – contact me via email or post to the facebook page for the website.
Annette From, Denmark, Studio Bowl
Annette From, Denmark, Studio Bowl , Top View
Frank Keramik Denmark.
There is little known about the Danish pottery “Frank Keramik”, other than Frank Keramik got its name from owner Frank Rasmussen who operated this small pottery active in the 1960s-1970s.
His pottery was slip cast stoneware, and primarily made for the tourist market like many of these smaller makers, but it has gained a whole new audience in the past 10-15 years as pieces have come onto the secondary market and been discovered by a whole new generation.
Designs on the forms usually consist of simple but very effective repeat geometric patterns of either diamonds, greek key patterns or simple mandala patterns.
Variations of the 3 designs below are the ones I have most often come across from this maker. The red high gloss glazed pieces are particularly attractive.
Frank Keramik Denmark
Frank Keramik Denmark
Løvemose//Lovemose Pottery Denmark, 1942-1980s
Løvemose was a pottery in the town of Kædeby on the island of Langeland in central Denmark, run by husband and wife team Marie Hansen (d. 2008) and Johannes Hansen (d. 2003).
It started in 1942 and ran until the mid 1980’s. It was of a reasonable size with up to 15 staff working there at its peak, and very popular with tourists, especially after building of the Langeland bridge in 1962.
In recent years pottery by Løvemose has gained a whole new audience, as the pottery has been “re-discovered”, previously being looked down upon by many people as only producing “tourist ware”. As more of the pottery has come onto the secondary market people are now realising the quality of this pottery.
A huge range of work and styles that came out of Løvemose Pottery, and there are pieces that are up there with the best of 20th Century Danish studio pottery.
One of most popular and most collectable designs currently is “Graasten” (meaning Grey Stone, but also the name of a town in southern Denmark which is the location of the Royal summer residence). It has a similar feel about it to “Amazonas” from BR Pottery Denmark. The rustic but refined style of it is popular currently with many contemporary potters. Read more
Birte Vedel Howard (b1932 – ), Denmark
I have had this interesting stoneware coffee pot for several years and have only just got around to doing a bit of research on its origin.
I had put it aside out of an auction purchase of a box of miscellaneous pottery, because something about it really stood out – the colour, form and glaze showed to me it was not made by an amateur.
My research shows that it turns out to be a piece by Danish Potter & Artist, Birte Vedel Howard.
If not by her, then it would have been made by her husband Frank Howard who worked with Birte in her pottery for a while. It appears to be from the late 1960s or 1970s to me.
Birte Vedel Howard, Denmark c1960s
Birte Vedel Howard, Denmark c1960s
Birte studied in Aarhus 1947, and The Danish Royal Academy of Art in 1948.
She worked at Zeuthen Ceramics 1949-50, Riet Ceramics Laholm (Sweden) 1951, Knud Jensen workshop 1950-1953 – and then travelled widely in Morocco, France and Turkey 1954-1962.
On return to Denmark she started her own workshop in 1962, and in 1982 moved to an abandoned brickworks, Katrinedal Teglværk, in Bryrup (near Aarhus) surrounded by nature which inspires imagination and her work. Read more
Leon Dissing Denmark (1897-1986)
I have had a few smaller versions of the very curvaceous jug pictured, from time to time, but they haven’t had any markings. Fortunately this larger one I came across has back stamping, signature and shape number…the works! …making identification much easier.
Danish Potter Jens Andreas Pedersen Dissing (1866 – 1932) had 8 children and 7 of them were taught by him to be potters, and all 7 went on to have their own workshops.
One of the sons, Leon Dissing (1897-1986) was employed at DANICO and Annashaab potteries, until he started his own studio in 1930 in the town of Horsens where he produced a variety of domestic type pottery, including the striking example below.
Later in his life he became known for his abstract wall plaques.
Pieces like the one below, made by Leon Dissing were not always signed but they may have an “engraved”, intertwined LD on the base or an impressed DISSING DENMARK with a handwritten L.
The colour and form of this lovely piece are typical of Leon Dissing’s early work and appears to be from around the later 1930s going by the style. The glaze on it is quite lovely the way it runs and creates a lava like effect.
Leon Dissing, Denmark c1930s