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
Jette Helleroe is known Danish potter of the 1960s and 1970s, but not much has been documented about her. It is known that she worked for both Axella Design and BR Pottery Denmark, and had her own studio in the town of Lonstrup in the northern part of Jutland, Denmark. Hardly anything has been documented about BR Pottery and its story.
I have had 2 pieces by Jette Helleroe to date, plus an “Amazonas” setting. The jug below doesn’t seem to be typical of her designs though. Her style in general tends to be more textured and exuberant.
Jette Helleroe Denmark, Stoneware Jug
Jette Helleroe Denmark, Signature
Jette Helleroe Denmark, Candle Holder
One of the iconic Danish 1960s ceramic designs attributed to Jette Helleroe is “Amazonas”, made at BR Pottery – but no one to my knowledge has ever been able to confirm this. Many pieces of the Amazonas setting are signed EH – but it doesnt seem to be the signature of well known potter Eigil Hinrichsen.
BR Denmark, “Amazonas” Coffee Set – design attributed to Jette Helleroe