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Posts from the ‘European Makers’ Category

Rorstrand “California” – Carl Harry Stalhane

I recently discovered the designer of the Rorstrand Sweden piece below which I have had for some time.

The striking modernist form and colouring, along with subtle incised decoration intrigued me.

Its designer was non other than Carl Harry Stalhane, and it was part of a very modern 1950s stoneware dinner set series he designed at Rorstrand Sweden, named “California” or “Californien”.

The incised decoration in the grey has variations – leaf like lines, radiating lines, and diagonal lines are the variations I have found online.

Rorstrand "California" Carl-Harry Stålhane

Rorstrand “California” Carl-Harry Stålhane

Rorstrand "California" Carl-Harry Stålhane

Rorstrand “California” Carl-Harry Stålhane

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Glit Iceland

In the previous incarnation of this website, I had a brief article on Glit Pottery, Iceland. At the time I could not find out much about the maker, except that early Glit works were heavily textured and utilised volcanic lava melted into the glaze as decoration. This early Glit pottery featuring pumice, lava rock and ash was not that well known at that time outside Iceland, but over the past few years has become very collectable.

The images below are of a large piece of Glit pottery I had in 2013.

Glit Iceland

Glit Iceland

Glit Iceland

Glit Iceland

Glit Iceland Stamp

Early Glit Iceland Stamp

Recently I found out more about Glit, when I came across the Design Museum Iceland, which in 2013 held a retrospective exhibition of works from Glit Pottery.

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Rorstrand Fiesta

Rorstrand “Fiesta” was produced c1950s by Rorstrand Sweden. It is a timeless design, equally at home in a contemporary kitchen. This was a golden era for Rorstrand, with designers like Marianne Westman, Birger Kaipiainen, and Inger Person working there. The designs by Marianne Westman are said to have produced 45% of the company’s turnover in the 1950’s to mid 1960’s

However I haven’t been able to ever find any reference to the designer of “Fiesta” which came in 3 colour-ways. Yellow, Red and Blue.

The design is a simple, striking design consisting of a black line pattern, over hand-painted yellow, blue or red banding. The forms are simple, generous, streamlined and elegant.

Rostrand Fiesta

Rostrand Fiesta – Yellow Variation

Rostrand Fiesta - Yellow Variation

Rostrand Fiesta – Yellow Variation

Rostrand Fiesta - Yellow Variation

Rostrand Fiesta – Yellow Variation

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