This pattern caught my attention straight away, I thought it had to be a design by Inger Waage for Stavangerflint Norway, and my thoughts were correct. While Inger Waage is very well known for her iconic hand painted art-ware pottery, she also designed over 25 dinner ware designs, this being one of the better known designs.
The design is called “Sera” and was designed by Inger in 1968. It was in production for several years into the 1970s when more colourful designs became the fashion.
The forms that the “Sera” design sits on I find equally interesting, and they were used for several different designs at Stavangerflint during this era. The form designs were designed by Kåre Berven Fjeldsaa. The handles of the pots and jugs of this series of forms are quite different from anything else at the time, and they are so good in the hand – perfectly ergonomic and balanced. A lot of considered thought has gone into the form designs, which sadly we don’t see much after the 1970s in production ware.
If you want to learn more about Inger Waage and Stavangerflint there is an excellent facebook page HERE
Stavangerflint Sera – Inger Waage 1968
Stavangerflint Sera – Image via “Phrantique” on Etsy
The ceramic designs and patterns of Inger Waage (1923-1995) are some of the most recognised of Norway along with those of Turi Gramstad Oliver. They stand out as now iconic mid-century modern and are highly sought after by collectors and lovers of good design around the world.
Inger Waage attended the Norwegian Crafts and Art Industry School in Oslo, studying ceramics between. 1943 – 1946. Following this she worked in her own pottery in Stavanger 1943-1946, and then worked at Stavangerflint from 1953 to 1979 with an extraordinary output of designs.
I don’t come across Inger’s Waage’s work often, but when I do it stands out like a beacon. Recently I found a bowl pictured here from the “Darling” series design by Inger in 1962. The series features either a male motif, female motif or both male/female together, or fruit motif on different pieces. The pattern is a combination of hand-painted and silkscreened design.
There is also an excellent youtube video showing a lot of Waage’s one-off and stunning hand painted pieces from Stavangerflint:
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