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Ib Helge Denmark

Ib Helge, Bornholm, Denmark

Ib Helge is a potter and sculptor on the island of Pottery in Denmark – Bornholm. He was most active during the 1960s and 1970s, and may still be selling some work on Bornholm in Galleries from what I can see.

He studied at Jhogus Pottery on Bornholm 1951-1956 after which he worked in several studios in the Scandinavian region. In 1966 he set up his own pottery in Baela, just outside Hasle, Bornmholm – and was active there until the mid 1990s.

I rarely see his work for sale anywhere online, and the images below are the only piece I have ever had by Ib Helge. It was a large jar – about 30cm tall, with lovely white glaze with iron flecks and nicely a nicely painted motif around the outside. The detailing of the lid and handles is what attracted my attention to the piece – as to me it showed the work of a maker with flair and a high level of skill.

(if any readers can fill in any of the gaps here, or have photographs of works by Ib, I would love to hear from you)

Ib Helge Denmark

Ib Helge Denmark

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Richard Manz, Denmark

Richard Manz, Denmark

Richard Manz (1933-1999), husband of Danish ceramicist icon Bodil Manz.

In earlier years Richard worked in Sweden, and even at Gustavsberg for a time. He also studied under Peter Voulkos at Berkeley University of California with his wife Bodil in the late 1960s.

In 1967 he started a studio with his wife Bodil in Starreklinte, Odsherred. They produced several joint works including murals and large sculptural pieces in addition to developing their individual styles. During this period Richard also produced work for Knabstrup pottery in Denmark. You can see some of them on this page

In the mid 1970s they both lived in the town of Arita, Japan for a while – learning the skill of working with very fine translucent porcelain.

The first piece below is one I bought at auction some time ago. I think demonstrates Richard’s mastery of the cylindrical form, for which he (and Bodil) have become so well known for.

While it is a stoneware piece, it is beautifully thin and fine and has been fired to the upper limit for stoneware (around 1300c) making it very hard (and giving it a beautiful sound if you “ping” it) .

The piece displays an obvious mastery of form and the beautifully controlled textures and glazes. I am guessing it would be from the early 1970s.

Richard Manz Denmark

Richard Manz Denmark

Richard Manz Denmark

Richard Manz for Knabstrup, Denmark

Richard Manz for Knabstrup, Denmark

Richard Manz for Knabstrup, Denmark

Richard Manz for Knabstrup, Denmark

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Palshus Denmark

Palshus Denmark

Palshus Pottery was founded by husband and wife team Per Linnemann-Schmidt and Annelise Linnemann-Schmidt c1947-1949 near Copenhagen.

Per came from a strong artistic background, having graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen in 1931 and subsequent work as a sculptor.

The studio name is an acronym of P(er),(A)nnelise  (L)innemann, (S)chmidt and HUS (house).

The early pieces from the studio were precise and minimalist in nature, with beautifully silken, matte haresfur glazes – mostly in subtle tones of either brown, blue, green or cream. The simple glazes and forms were a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian influences. Per was self taught in glaze technology and perfected these now iconic Palshus haresfur glazes. Per also often designed and drafted many of the forms and glazes and worked with other craftsmen and Annelise to realise the pieces.

Palshus Haresfur Glaze Bowl

Palshus Haresfur Glaze Bowl

Palshus Haresfur Glaze Bowl

 

At Palshus the 1960s saw a change in style with the use of chamotte (textured clay) along with impressed/sgrafitto patterns, used in conjunction with more roughly textured,  glossy glazes.

Much of the output of Palshus was sold through Den Permanente in Copenhagen – as was the work of many important potters, craftsmen and artists at this time.

Palshus pottery is well marked with “Palshus Denmark” along with an inscribed number or number letter combination (which I believe is the form/shape number), and often a glaze or oxide colour number which is painted (rather than inscribed) on the base as a number or alpha-numerical code.

It will also have either Per’s or Annelise’s (or both) cyphers (PLS, ALS, APLS)….. but over the years several talented artists, sculptors and designers also worked at Palshus – including Kjeld Jorden (figurines), Jens Quistgaard, Billy Eberlein and Hugo de Soto (Artist).

The pottery closed in 1972, three years after the sad death of Annelise in a car accident at the age of 51.Per and Annelise had three children and five grandchildren including the ceramic artist/sculptor Annelise Linnemann Schmidt (named after her grandmother) currently practising in the UK.

 

Palshus Haresfur Glaze Bowl

Palshus Haresfur Glaze Bowl Base

Palshus Chamotte Vessel

Palshus Chamotte Vessel with glossy, textured glaze

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Axella Denmark

Axella Denmark

Axella Denmark pottery has quite a distinctive 1970s look about it, and as far as I have seen appears to be all stoneware (Stentoj)

The pottery began around 1970 in the town of Norresundby (Near Aarhus) Denmark, being founded by Aksel Larsen. It had several name changes during its short operational life starting as Axella Design then around 1978, changing its name to Axella Ceramics and then back to Axella design. It closed in 1987-8. 

Jens Jensen, and Jette Helleroe both worked there for a period – in fact the majority of the work that you will come across from Axella, is work by Jette Helleroe – her stunning series of pendant light shades and lamps for Axella.

Thankfully, it seems that all Axella works as clearly stamped with an impressed stamp, and are often found with a foil label still. The work by Jette Helleroe for Axella is signed by her in addition to being stamped. Many pieces also have a stamped number – which I am guessing is the shape or form number.

Axella Denmark, Tall Form

Axella Denmark, Tall Form

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Knud Basse

Knud Basse (1916-1991)

Knud Basse was a Dansish Ceramicist known for his very popular small figures of animals with finely processed matte or “haresfur” glazes.

He was associated with several makers including Michael Andersen & Sons, but his best work came from his workshop in Teglkas-Ronne (on the island of Bornholm Denmark) .

Knud also produced pieces for Danish pottery Palshus.

I have had some of the delightful figurines by Knud in the first few images below: Knud Basse Figurine Knud Basse Figurine

Knud Base Cypher

Knud Base Cypher

Recently I discovered a delightful small form , out of Knud Basse’s own studio on Bornholm, which has a thorn like design and a wonderfully coloured glaze:

Knud Basse Own Studio Vase

Knud Basse Own Studio Vase

The “thorned” design above is similar to a very striking series of larger forms with thorns, which Knud created for Michael Andersen & Sons. These are highly valued, prized pieces to collectors. Read more

Lehmann Pottery Denmark

Lehmann Pottery Denmark

Lehmann Pottery was located on the island of Langeland in Denmark, but not much else than that has been documented about their history.

It’s most active period was in the 1960s and 1970s, but ran until 2016 when it closed under different operators.

I have seen a few references to Erik (Ulrich) Lundbergh Ebeltoft as designer/maker of Lehmann pottery, and I have had pieces stamped Lundbergh Ebeltoft with a very similar look and feel to them.

Most of the pieces from this pottery are instantly recognisable with their velvety red or orange glazes, and dark brown textured (Chamotte) clay.

Lemann pottery is often stamped with a very tiny impressed LEHMANN stamp on the base, and sometimes you will find a piece with an original triangular sticker if lucky, in which case it is usually not stamped as well.

Lehmann Denmark

Lehmann Denmark

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Bangholm Keramik Denmark

Bangholm Keramik Denmark

Bangholm Pottery started operation in 1948 in Skodstrup, near Aarhus Denmark, by Knud Nielsen and his father (also a potter).

The types of wares consisted mainly of domestic and utilitarian items for the home. It reached the height of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, and became known for its’s colourful striped fajance glazed terracotta pottery which has continued in popularity on the secondary market.

The business was eventually taken over by Iben Scott Lundby, a close friend of the family. Iben had started with Bangholm in 1969 as a trainee who qualified as a potter in 1973.  Iben worked with Bangholm from until 1990 when she took over the pottery. In 1998 the pottery was moved to nearby Ebeltoft. Here the focus was more on unique and one-off ceramics.

Bangholm Pottery in later years evolved into a different business, still run by Iben Scott Lundby. The extract below is from Iben’s current website HERE

My name Iben Scott Lundby. I was skilled as potter in 1973 in the family business  ”Bangholm Keramik”. After education I continued in the pottery with throwing and painting until 1991. Here I took over the business after my parents, who have had a long and exciting life as potters.

The next 8 years, I continued this business with serial production and wholesale of Bangholm Keramik for shops primarily in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Gradually the throwing and decoration work began to drain the physics, and by the millennium, I decided to move the company to Ebeltoft, where the focus should be more unique work, smaller production, and only with retail sale from my own store.

After a short time in Ebeltoft, I  succeeded in taking over a smaller property on Adelgade 4 in Ebeltoft, near the city’s small and famous old town hall. Here we got a good business location for our store supplied with a workshop building, which allowed organization of a slightly more intimate ceramic atelier for the throwing and painting work.

Now this business has evolved into a lifestyle store with retail sales of jewelry, womenswear, accessories, shoes, and handicrafts. More recently we have completed the physical store with this webshop as a natural additional sales channel.Today we enjoy a fantastic feedback from our customers, which gives us faith in a good development of our business.

Most of the pottery you will find by Bangholm is earthenware-terracotta, with a white tin glaze base – and coloured overglaze. Otherwise referred to as Fajance or Faience. Occasionally I have seen unglazed or partly glazed pieces, but not often.

The images below (except for the impressed backstamp) are all taken by me –  you may find them much copied and mis-attibuted around the web – but most are from my original post on Bangholm Pottery on Blogger in 2011, and 2 later posts.

Bangholm Denmark Bowl and Plate with Striped Glaze

Bangholm Denmark Bowl and Plate with Striped Glaze

Bangholm Denmark Bowl and Plate with Striped Glaze

Bangholm Denmark Bowl and Plate with Striped Glaze

Bangholm Denmark Terrine

Bangholm Denmark Terrine

Bangholm Denmark, Striped Ewer Form

Bangholm Denmark, Striped Ewer Form

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Abbednæs Keramik Denmark

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