Hertha Bengtson, b 1917 – d1993 , was a Swedish ceramicist and designer. She worked for Hackefors porcelain factory , Rörstrand Porcelain Factory (23 years) , Höganäs AB Ceramics and Strömbergshyttan Glassworks .
During the years 1969-1981 she worked in Germany designing for Thomas (part of the Rosenthal Group). Her most famous designs are those from her years at Rorstrand, but there are also many outstanding but lesser known designs from her time at Thomas – including this fabulous lime green variation of the “Scandic Shadow” series, usually referred to as simply “Scandic” – of which there are a large number of colour and design variations.
Her other important design at Thomas was the restaurant ware design TH300, and for Rosenthal (the parent company of Thomas) she design “Caldo Freddo” – a beautifully patterned design.
Scandic Shadow Green is a bold colour combination of an intense lime green, with deep blue rims – and it all works so well together on the fantastic forms of domed lids, and bulbous bodies.
Thomas Germany, Scandic Shadow Green, Tea Cup
Thomas Germany, Scandic Shadow Green, Eared Soup Bowl & Plate
Upsala Ekeby Kosmos – Berit Ternell
The Kosmos series was designed by Berit Ternell, for Upsala Ekeby-Gefle (Sweden) and produced between 1966 – 1977.
I love the shapes, and the glaze colour of a deep transparent blue with the brown clay showing through on the ridges.
Kosmos came in 2 colour décors – this blue/brown and a green/brown which is much less common.
The following background on Berit Ternell I’ve managed to glean from the Swedish Wikipedia and the Upsala Ekeby Museum site .
Berit Ternell began an apprenticeship at the age of 15 as an apprentice in ceramic design at Stenebyskolan, continuing education she had received at the Society for Industrial school in Gothenburg . She was an intern at Upsala-Ekeby Ltd. and also worked abroad during the 1950s including some time at TG Green in the UK. She was also employed at Bofajans before she worked for a long period be 1957 – 1971 at Gävle Porslinsfabrik where she was chief designer. After working at Gävle, Berit taught at the Industrial Art School (HDK) in Gothenburg for over 20 years. She was also affiliated with the Rorstrand and Reijmyre glassworks. During the 1960s. Berit received a number of scholarships and awards for her designs, including an international award for KOSMOS in Holland in 1967.
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Teapot, Berit Ternell
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Cup/Saucer, Berit Ternell
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Milk Jug, Berit Ternell
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Plate, Berit Ternell
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Backstamp, Berit Ternell
I have been unable to find an image of the green “Kosmos”, however the same forms of Kosmos were also used on a design called “Cuba” during the same production period. The glaze is a matt speckled brown – very similar in tones and variations to Arabia Finland “Ruska”. Read more
Villeroy Boch Acapulco
“Acapulco” released by Villeroy & Boch in 1967 is one the brightest and most colourful dinnerware patterns of the 20th Century, and is still highly popular on the secondary market. The design was in production until 1994.
It inspired many look alike designs by other companies riding on its popularity.
This colourful and now iconic design was created by Christiane Reuter – said to be inspired by paintings she saw on a visit to Mexico.
The body or forms the design is on is called “Milano” , designed by Ludwig Scherer, and these forms were used for a number of designs by Villeroy Boch between the 1960s -1990s including “Scarlett”, “Cadiz” and “Granada”. “Scarlett” was designed by Reuter, but I can not find a list of other designs she produced for V&B during this period.
Acapulco Casserole Detail
Acapulco Setting at an Auction
The blue backstamp on Acapulco is from the early years, and the brown backstamp from the 1980s until production ceased. Given its huge popularity, the design was re-worked and released on new forms, and altered designs c2000 as “New Wave” . The term “dishwasher safe” was added in 1992, and Read more
Maria Philippi – Soholm
In the previous article you saw some of the fabulous studio work by Maria Philippi. This post is about her work with Soholm Pottery, Bornolm Denmark where she worked 1962-1964 as a designer. Her designs there were so popular that they went on being produced well into the 1970s.
Maria created a number of designs at Soholm in her 2 years there as a designer – and the images featured here are probably her best known designer from her time with Soholm – and the ones that you will come across most often.
One of the most beautiful, and best known designs by Maria is “Nordlys” (Northern Lights) and you can see why it is called that in some of the lovely colour flares and runs on the Nordlys pieces in the first set of images.
Soholm Nordlys Teapot – Maria Philippi
Soholm Nordlys Vase – Maria Philippi
Soholm Nordlys Dish – Maria Philippi
Soholm Nordlys Bud Vase, Maria Philippi
Another popular series by Maria is “Granit” – which came in both a blue and a brown glaze. The blue glaze is typical of many at this time from Soholm where on the sharper edges and rims the glaze turns a caramel colour. Read more
The Studio Pottery of Maria Philippi
Many of us know the work and designs of Maria Philippi from her time at Soholm Pottery, Bornholm, Denmark – few know however that this was just a brief period in her career as an accomplished studio potter and designer.
She worked at Soholm from 1962 – 1964, but her designs continued to be produced there into the 1970s.
Dr. Walter Lokau in Germany kindly provided me with some images of Maria’s studio pottery from his private collection of which these are just some, plus the brief bio. below.
Born 10 September 1927 Hamburg, Died 3rd February 2004 Bad Krozingen
1951-1954 Potter`s apprenticeship with Monika Maetzel in Hamburg
1955-1956 Worked at workshops in Juist and Hamburg
1957-1959 Studied at the Staatl. Werkschule für Keramik in Höhr-Grenzhausen with
Hubert Griemert, master craftsman’s certificate
Worked at the workshop of Otto, Albrecht & Görge Hohlt in Katzbach
1960-1962 Worked as a teacher at the Keramik-Fachschule in Stoob/Austria
1962-1964 Worked as a designer at Soholm AS Bornholm/Denmark
1964-1998 Own workshop at Merzhausen near Freiburg in the Southwest of Germany.
The wheel thrown forms below which Maria created are so beautifully elegant and sophisticated, and the glazes I think are simply breathtaking. What an amazing talent.
Maria Philippi, Porcelain c2000
Maria Philippi, Porcelain c1990
Maria Philippi, Porcelain, 1980
Amphora Pottery Czechoslovakia
Seeing the piece of Amphora pottery in the first image below at an auction recently reminded me how good this early 20th Century maker is.
Amphora is highly desirable amongst collectors, but not that well known to the general public. The pieces from this pottery display extremely high levels of craftsmanship with their superb and often very detailed decor in the Art Nouveau style. Works often feature “tube-lining” and a matt glaze area with a sandy texture as in the examples here – but there is a huge variety of styles and finishes.
Amphora Porcelain Works ran from 1892-1945 in the Tepliz-Turn area of Bohenmia, now Trnovany in the Czech Republic. Prior to WW1 Bohemia was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
Amphora Czechoslovakia Vase
The next 2 images are of a piece I had some time ago which has a strong “Arts & Crafts” feel about the way it is decorated. Read more
This very smart modernist op-art design is “Eclipse”, made by Thomas of Germany c1970s. (Part of the Rosenthal group) . The bold, crisp design was created by H.T. Baumann & Barbara Brenner for Thomas/Rosenthal.
Barbara Brenner worked for Rosenthal from 1960 to ?. Her “Scenario Metropol” and its strong “Memphis” style pattern, has become known as her signature design.
Eclipse was one of several designs at Thomas during this era which had these typically white ground minimalist designs decorated with very bold and striking “op-art” patterns .
Thomas Germany, Eclipse Design
Thomas Germany, Eclipse Design
Thomas Germany, Eclipse Design
The following background on H. T. Baumann was kindly sent to me by Christine in the U.K. : Read more