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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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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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