According to the Swedish Pottery signatures website, potteries in the town of Laholm Sweden have operated since the 1600’s. The name “Laholm” was used commercially as a brand name from 1945 when a new pottery was built and opened with that name by a Nils Larsson and family.
Earlier this pottery business had been run by Julius Nilsson until 1923, then by an Anders Larsson to 1931. Anders left the business to his son Olof Larsson and grandson Nils Larsson in 1931 who built the new pottery, and called it “Laholm”
The pottery stayed in the Larsson family hands until 2000 when it closed.
Like many local potteries, they produced mainly domestic utilitarian and decorative pieces like jars, lamps, candle holders, flower pots, vases etc.
The designs I have come across have been made of a red terracotta clay, often with a fajance style white underglaze, and hand-painted overglaze patterns and sometimes carved designs – (much in the style of Tilgmans Sweden). These fajance glazed, overpainted pieces would appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s.
These designs contrast strongly with much of the output from the 1970s, which is heavily textured in dark colours…the trend in pottery at the time.
You can nearly always see an interesting and wide range of Laholm pieces for sale on Etsy HERE
Laholm is not to be confused with Norwegian pottery Larholm.
Marianne Westman (1928-2017) is one of the most loved and well known designers of 20th Century Swedish ceramics.
In her time at Rorstrand Sweden where she worked from 1950 to 1971, her skill in design and her ability to identify new trends meant that during their peak, her designs like Mon Amie and Picknick represented almost half of Rorstand’s massive volume of sales.
Marianne’s first design for Rostrand was Mon Amie, released in 1952 – based on her earlier drawings of white Labrador tea flowers. It was to become one of her most popular designs, and was re-released (on updated forms) by Rorstrand in 2008 to celebrate Marianne’s 80th Birthday. It is powerful design which still resonates with people today.
Her skilful designs of the 1950s and 1960s have a distinctive, often light hearted feel about them which are stylistically so indicative of the era – and it is the designs from this era which appeal to me the most. Mon Amie, Picknick, Pomona, Verdura, Knorr, Verdura and Tippa are some of these charming early designs by Marianne.
Recently I was fortunate enough to come across a few pieces of Mon Amie:
Rorstrand Mon Amie – Cane Handled Teapot
Rorstrand Mon Amie
Rorstrand Mon Amie – Open Sugar Bowl on Saucer
Rorstrand Mon Amie
More out of curiousity than anything else, I purchased some time ago this impressive coffee set by Nittsjo Sweden. The shape of the coffee pot with that huge spout reminds me of a cubist style painting. It appears to have been made around the 1960s. The pieces in the setting are all handmade from a red terracotta clay and glazed with a soft mustard yellow coloured satin glaze.
Nittsjö Pottery was founded in 1843 in Sweden in the town of Nittsjo and still in operation HERE. On their website is a comprehensive history of the pottery….and there is also a history of the pottery on the Swedish Pottery Signatures site HERE .
The yellow coffee set appears to be a design by multi talented and sought after Swedish artist and designer Jerk Werkmäster (1896-1978), who was creative director at Sweden’s Nittsjö Keramik from 1933-1967.
Recently I found another charming, more traditional little piece from the same pottery, probably dating to around the 1940s. It is a terracotta clay, with slip decoration and a clear glaze.