Bjørre Pottery was a shorted lived, but important Norwegian pottery started in 1945 by Gunnar Remen and ceramist Egil Bjørnholt. The name consists of Bjørre Björ from Bjørnholt and re from Remen.
I have only ever come across 1 lovely item by this pottery – a large green patterned bowl pictured below.
Bjorre Keramikk had about 13-15 employees, including 8-10 decorators.
Production at Bjørre consisted of utilitarian and ornamental wares such as urns, platters, vases and pitchers. Most of the designs were quite decorative with charming repeat patterns.
Gunnar Remen traveled around the country with images of the ware, and sales were so good they had to move to larger premises soon after starting.
Sadly the whole production was destroyed by contamination in the imported glaze, and the company had to close down operations in 1951.
There is a facebook group for Bjørre Keramik on facebook HERE where you can see a whole lot more of the fantastic designs.
There is also an archived blog HERE with some more information and historical photos by Pål Matisplassen
The Elle Keramikk AS studio/factory operated in Norway near Oslo between 1942 and 1967. They produced a wide variety of pottery, but have become best known for their beautifully decorated, patterned fajance pieces. I used to come across the odd piece from time to time, but haven’t in a very long time now.
If you want to learn more about this charming pottery, go to the blog Elle Keramikk ,written by Trond Rødli (you will need to use an online translater platform for English).
Trond’s website has a comprehensive amount of information from years of collecting Elle pieces. The information includes many of the signatures, labels and hundreds of wonderful examples of Elle Keramik from this distinctive Norwegian Pottery.
Below are a few examples I found on Etsy. I can not locate the few archived images I had some years ago.
Elle Norway via “Coolect” on etsy
The delightful scene on this tall vinaigrette bottle form is by Turi Gramstad Oliver, for Figgjo Norway c1970.
It seems to be quite a rare design – depicting various scenes of village life. I have seen variations of it popping up very occasionally online – but I have been unable to find a name for the design – if it has one.
It may have been a design produced for decor pieces rather than a full production dinnerware line.
The line drawing for the design would have been silkscreened onto the clay, and the colours then hand painted to fill in the design.
If you have a piece in this design, or know any more about it I would love to hear from you.
Below, 2 variations of the designs I have found online: Read more