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Jette Hellerøe & Einer 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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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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Jette Helleroe

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