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Posts from the ‘Danish Studio Potters’ Category

Conny Walther

The pot in the first image is a quite large and heavily textured piece of studio pottery by the very well known Danish Ceramicist, Conny Walther (b1931 – d?).

Conny started off at Saxbo Pottery 1948-1949, but left after a year and studied the Arts and Crafts School in Copenhagen 1949-1951 where she graduated as a ceramicist.

She then worked at Kahler Ceramics in Naestved 1951-1952, before opening her own studio in Birkerod, north of Copenhagen with her husband, Artist Bent Stubbe Teglbjerg – who sometimes decorated her works. In her later years she worked as a painter.

Her early work consisted of high fired earthenware, simply decorated with thick glossy glazes, before moving on to high fired stoneware with ash glazes (askeglasurer).

In the 1960s and 70s she experimented freely with stoneware sculptures composed of burned, unglazed, part geometric, part organic shapes of porcelain clay, often which with heavily textured surfaces.

I think the first piece here belongs to a period in the middle somewhere, early 1960s probably. It is high fired stoneware, with what appears to be a clear ash glaze. Her CW cypher is one that is instantly recognisable.

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Knudsdatter Denmark – Mystery

This maker is a bit of a mystery. While it has a name and cypher, the maker remains unidentified as yet.

The piece was with a number of known Danish pottery items I purchased at auction late last year.

The large stoneware slab formed vessel is quite large with a iron rich brown glaze.

The paper label says “Knudsdatter Stentøj, Made in Denmark” but I havent been able to find anything about this potter or pottery.

I haven’t found  any images online from the maker either – which seems a bit odd given the printed label and cypher which some planning and thought has gone into.

Knudstatter Denmark , Stoneware Vessel

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Zeuthen Ceramics

Zeuthen Keramik was founded in 1946 at Gentofte, near Copenhagen, by Normann Zeuthen. It traded under the named Zeuthen Keramik from 1948. The workshop employed around 10-15 people at its peak. Some of the known potters who spent some time there in the apprenticeship system in its early years were Ady Kroyer and Birte Vedel Howard who both went on to have successful careers as potters in Denmark.

Zeuthen pottery has become well known for its functional and domestic works in red clay decorated with motifs of flowers, stars, dots and other decorative motifs in white raised glaze or slip trailed glaze on the unglazed smooth red clay. Going by the amount of Zeuthen work still available online and in antique stores their output was very high….and very popular to this day.

Pieces from Zuethen are simply signed “Zuethen Denmark” in blue to the base. Sometimes you might find a printed paper label as well.

I haven’t been able to find a date for when the pottery ceased operating – any help with this appreciated.

Edith Nielsen was the primary designer at Zeuthen responsible for this distinctive style which became the Zeuthen style.

Zeuthen Denmark

Zeuthen Denmark, Large Vase

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Gutte Eriksen Exhibition, Clay Musuem Denmark

I was interested to read about an important exhibition coming up first thing in 2018 featuring the work of one of my favourite Danish Potters of the 20th Century – Gutte Eriksen.

The Clay Museum in Denmark has an exhibition running 17th January to 27th May 2018 celebrating the work of Gutte, who would have been 100 years old in 2018. A summary of the exhibition translated From the Clay Museum website: Read more

Arne Bang, Jacob Bang – Denmark

Arne Bang (1901-1983)

Arne Bang is known for his exquisite stoneware ceramics, but he was also an important sculptor and silversmith.  

It is the ceramics of Arne Bang which I am attracted to. His focus was on technical excellence and innovation – and the uniqueness and beauty of his designs are as relevant today as they were in the 1940s.

Arne was the brother of glass designer and architect Jacob E. Bang – who is often confused and whos work is often mis-attributed to Arne’s son Jacob Bang (1932-2011) also a potter, sculptor and designer. 

Arne was formally trained in Sculpture, after which he had a very successful collaboration with ceramicist Carl Halier – it was with Halier that Bang learned extensively about glazes. 

In 1929 Arne Bang started at Holmegaard Glassworks, where he started up the production of Holmegaards Stentøj (Stoneware).  His aim was to create quality ceramics which collectors would appreciate, but which the every day person could also afford.

From 1948 Holmegaard Stentøj became Bangs’ own company, but from 1953 he worked from his own workshop in Fensmark, Denmark. 

The work of Arne Bang has a very sculptural quality and unique presence. His work is enhanced by the use of superbly textured glazes in muted luxurious tones. Some of these glazes are often referred to as “crocodile” or “birds egg” glazes.

His forms are often very organic with sensuous, bulbous shapes – and he often the use of ribbing as a decorative feature. Some pieces were also designed with silver components such as lids, spoons etc –  in collaboration with silversmiths.

On most Arne Bang studio pieces you will find a model number painted on the base – the lower the number, the earlier the piece. The studio pieces are also signed with a distinctive AB signature.

You can read more about the Bangs at the Bang Family Website HERE (in Danish)

There is also comprehensive Arne Bang Database online via the Vejen Art Musuem in Denmark, which even has some early Arne Bang Catalogues – especially interesting are the 1932 & 1937 catalogues.


Arne Bang Denmark

Arne Bang Denmark

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Erling & Karin Heerwagen

Erling & Karin Heerwagen, Langeland Denmark.

The charming and skilfully made studio pottery stoneware pieces below are from the Pottery of Erling and Karin Heerwagen from Langeland, Denmark.

The pottery is still operational and has been in operation for several decades. Other than this basic information, there doesn’t seem to be much documented about the work of Erling and Karin. Their work has a cheerfulness and charming quirkiness which makes it quite unique.

Recently, in going through the digitised archives of the Royal Library Denmark I found several pieces from the Heerwagen pottery in a Den Permanente catalogue for 1972.

The first piece below is a bowl I have from Heerwagen with a delightful bird motif repeated around the outside. It appears to be from the 1970s or 1980s.

Heerwagen Denmark

Heerwagen Denmark

….and the next images are from the Den Permanente catalogue, 1972 via the Royal Danish Library:

Heerwagen Denmark - Den Permanente 1972

Heerwagen Denmark - Den Permanente 1972

Heerwagen Denmark - Den Permanente 1972

Heerwagen Denmark - Den Permanente 1972

Den Permanente Catalogue 1972 - Heerwagen

Den Permanente Catalogue 1972 – Heerwagen

Den Permanente Catalogue 1972 - Heerwagen

Den Permanente Catalogue 1972 – Heerwagen

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Trude Barner Jespersen, Denmark.

Trude Barner Jespersen, Denmark.

Trude Barner Jespersen was born in 1938 and died in 1997, Dianalund, Denmark.

In the 1960s – 1970s she produced a series of designs for Bing & Grondahl. It was a stunning series of contemporary porcelain designs which Im surprised are not more well known.

Equally Im surprised that her talent is not well documented. It happens often with Artists and Potters that some become well known and well documented, and others simply by coincidence, history seems to bypass. In Trude’s case it may also have something to do with passing away at a relatively young age of 59.

There is a black and white photograph of Trude’s series for Bing & Grondahl in the book “New Design in Ceramics” Donald J Willcox, 1970 – a book which focuses on talented Scandinavian ceramicists – but there is no written information about the design or Trude’s work.

From what I can see, Trude’s work as a potter and designer seems to have developed along 2 streams – her contemporary, clean, streamlined porcelain designs for Bing & Grondahl, and her more traditional domestic, wood fired stoneware studio pottery from her workshop in Dianalund in the West of the Island of Zealand, Denmark.

Below is some Biographical information from the Danish Artists Database HERE

Trude started her own workshop/studio in 1962, making her own porcelain clay, and glazing with various ash and salt glazes. She was inspired by trips to the west cost of Greenland in the 1970s and has produced a number of reliefs and other works with with Greenlandic and maritime themes.

Trude Barner Jespersen Works:

  • Porcelain series (1967, Bing and Grøndal, 1975 decorated by Icelandic artist RUNA);
  • Misiqssut at Disko (relief, 1973, Ikast Handelssk.);
  • Baffins Bay (Relief Series, 1974);
  • The displacement of the population of Kutdligssat, Disko (relief, 1985, Nuuk City Hall);
  • Sound insulation collage (1986, ASA-Lift, Dianalund);
  • 2 Greenland Reliefs (1990, Gudrun’s Memorial, Dianalund);
  • Columbus Ship Relief (1992); 6 ship reliever (1993, Colonien Filadelfia, Dianalund 1993).
Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s – Photographer unknown

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s via DBA Denmark.

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work – Photo via DBA Denmark

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work. Photo via DBA Denmark


There are also some charming photographs online of Trude in her workshop in Dianalund on the Danish Archive site 

Trude Barner Jespersen, in her Studio, Photographer unknown via

Trude Barner Jespersen, in her Studio, Photographer unknown via

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Gutte Eriksen – 2 Recent Finds

Gutte Eriksen – 2 Recent Finds

I was very fortunate recently to find not just one, but two pieces of important Danish studio pottery by Gutte Eriksen. (read my previous post on Gutte here)  The pieces were in an auction lot of assorted Danish pottery and I only recognised the first one as by Gutte – until I got them home and cleaned – as all of them were covered in years of dust and soiling. To my surprise there was a second and larger piece by Gutte which revealed itself when cleaned.

The first is a charming urn form with lid and handles standing just over 12cm tall. It has subtle cobalt blue decoration, and the textured ash and borax glaze she has become associated with. The tiny bubbles in the glaze are a characteristic of this glaze and caused by the borax content.

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

The second piece has a pattern around the shoulder which I have seen previously on pieces by Gutte.

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