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Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen 1965-1988

Ellen Malmer ( b1942 – ) is another of the great designers and artists who worked for Royal Copenhagen at the height of its popularity in the mid to late twentieth century. She was part of the group working with Nils Thorsson producing the now iconic Baca and Tenera series for Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen.

She trained at the Design School in Copenhagen and started with Royal Copenhagen as a designer in 1965 working there until 1988, primarily with Fajance ware. After leaving Royal Copenhagen she has worked in her own right as an Artist in the fields of textiles and collage/painting.

Each Designer who worked with fajance ware at Royal Copenhagen became known for their unique style of design, decoration, use of colour, and motifs – and the work of Ellen Malmer is no exception.

We often see only the most popular Baca and Tenera designs these days by Ellen due to their higher production, but they represent only a small range of her designs. I have tried to capture a wide cross section of her designs in the images below.

I really like the graphic and textural qualities of her designs, along with her subtle use of tone and colour. If I had to pick a favourite it would be the Nucella design dinnerware in blue. The shapes for this series were designed by Inge-Lise Kofoed and Leif Lautrup-Larsen, and the Pattern design by Ellen Malmer in 1966.

Royal Copenhagen, Ellen Malmer Pattern 962

Royal Copenhagen, Ellen Malmer Pattern 962

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 962

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 962

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 617

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 617

Ellen Malmer Vase Pattern 661, Royal Copenhagen

Ellen Malmer Vase Pattern 661, Royal Copenhagen. Image via Pinterest.

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen, Pattern 657

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen, Pattern 657, Image via Pinterest.

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 635 - Design Ellen Malmer

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 635 – Design Ellen Malmer

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 953 Ellen Malmer

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 953 Ellen Malmer

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Ursula Printz Mogensen

Ursula Printz Mogensen 1920-1993

Ursula Printz came to Sweden from Germany at the age of 17, and In 1939 became a student of Wilhelm Kage at Gustavsberg.

Due to her outstanding skills and knowledge she became director of the painting department at Gustavsberg in 1942 where she stayed until 1951 when she moved to the Royal Copenhagen factory Denmark.  While at Royal Copenhagen she also met her future husband Jorgen Mogensen.

In 1953 she moved to her own studio in the town of Holte in Demark, where Jorgen joins her in c1964-5.

From this studio they both continued to work for many years.

Ursula’s work is characterised by the strong use of pattern and brushwork.

Her work from Gustavsberg is usually signed “UP”, “Printz,” “Ursula”, and occassionally simply a painted yellow snake.  At Royal Copenhagen for studio pieces used “Ursula P”, often together with the year. In her own workshop she used most often signed her work simply “Ursula”

Ursula Printz Mogensen, Own Studio, Lamp

Ursula Printz Mogensen, Own Studio, Lamp – Photo Lauritz.com

Ursula Printz Mogensen - Slab Jar

Ursula Printz Mogensen – Slab Jar, Own Studio

Ursula Printz Mogensen - Slab Bottle

Ursula Printz Mogensen – Slab Bottle

Ursula Printz Mogensen - Studio Signature

Ursula Printz Mogensen – Studio Signature

Ursula Printz Mogensen, Gustavsberg Jar

Ursula Printz Mogensen, Gustavsberg Jar via freeformsusa.com

The group of  images below of Urusla’s work below Swedens National Museum of Art & Design which has a large collection of her work online  HERE Read more

Royal Copenhagen Aluminia Oranjga//Tureby Design

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen, Tureby or Oranja Design

Oranja or Tureby, designed for Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen by Nils Thorsson in 1934. (It is also known as pattern 254).

The base colour is probably best described as an off-white with greyish tones, and it has an exquisitely detailed basket weave design around the rims in an orange-red colour, finished off with gold. Such a great colour combination.

Below are some of the pieces in this design I have had.  The candlesticks are the standout – very festive, with their alternating orange white and gold stripes.

All the shapes have a lovely soft and rounded form to them – particularly noticeable with the cups.

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Cup, Saucer, Plate

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Cup, Saucer, Plate

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Serving Tureen

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Serving Tureen

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Main Plate

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Main Plate

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Denby Glynbourne

Denby Glynbourne

Glynbourne Ware (not to be confused with Glyndebourne ware which is a different design) was designed by Glyn Colledge in 1960. It was marketed as a prestige product and sold until about the 1970’s when the exotic designs of Gill Pemberton and David Yorath were more favoured.

Glynbourne continues the long Denby tradition of traditional high quality stoneware, hand thrown and hand decorated.

Production Studio Pottery at its best. Each piece was handpainted in natural tones of browns and greens with a simplified decorative pattern of leaves….the glaze is just wonderful to the touch.

It has continued to be a very collectable range to the present day.

Denby Glynbourne

Denby Glynbourne Planter

Denby Glynbourne

Denby Glynbourne

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Noritake Kookaburra Design

Noritake Kookaburra Design

This Kookaburra design was made by Noritake Japan and has the green Maruki mark for 1935. Items with this mark were made specifically for export to Australia and New Zealand according to the Noritake guild. Being early “Australiana” it is also very collectable here.

I think this sandwich set is just fantastic! Not to everyone’s taste I know, but I love the vibrant colours of all of this early 20th Century Noritake, the designs are so vibrant, and each piece so well painted.

Noritake Kookaburra Sandwich Set

Noritake Kookaburra Sandwich Set Plate

Noritake Kookaburra Sandwich Set

Noritake Kookaburra Sandwich Set

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Hertha Bengtson – Scandic Shadow, Thomas Germany

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, Tea Cup

Thomas Germany, Scandic Shadow Green, Eared Soup Bowl & Plate

Thomas Germany, Scandic Shadow Green, Eared Soup Bowl & Plate

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Moira Pottery Staffordshire

Moira Pottery Staffordshire

Moira pottery was originally founded in 1922, and is still well known for its domestic or utilitarian earthenware which started with jam jars, and progressed to its well known “Hillstonia” range which was made from 1934-1972 . It also produced salt glazed stoneware, beer steins, and stamped/branded domestic ware of many types.

The pottery was located near Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire and mined its own clay on site. Moira is often (and seemingly incorrectly) documented as having closed in 1972 by a National Coal Board compulsory acquisition. (It sat on a valuable coal seam, which is often next to a clay seam)

From snippets of information I have come across it seems the original Moira location was closed, but Moira then either re-openend or operated at a nearby location until the mid 1980s when it closed and the site possibly became a textile factory.

The Victoria & Albert Museum also has 2 pieces of Moira salt glazed stoneware pottery in its collection, made in 1981. You can see one of them on the V&A site HERE.

The beautiful clay used by Moira pottery was very plastic in nature and beautiful for throwing as well as enhancing glaze colour and surface, and was also used by other potteries such as that at Albrighton.

The beautifully plastic characteristics of the Moira clay differentiates it from lesser quality creamware – in the jug I have pictured below you can still see the concentric rings from its throwing because it held shape so well.

If you know more about the later history of this pottery, or even worked at Moira I would love to hear from you.

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Berit Ternell – Fleur, T.G. Green

Berit Ternell “Fleur”, T G Green

This design really stood out to me, and I was surprised to see a T.G. Green backstamp on the back as it looked so Scandinavian in style when I came across it at an auction some time ago (but didn’t purchase because of the poor condition of many of the pieces).

It turns out the design, labelled “Fleur” is by none other than Berit Ternell, the very well known and respected Swedish designer. She was commissioned by T G Green in 1961 to design a twist on “Cornishware” along with Judith Onions. In addition to re-designing some of the Cornishware forms, Berit Ternell came up with this very Scandinavian looking and popular design called “Fleur”. It was a full oven to table and kitchen range.

Fleur Design, Berit Ternell for T G Green

Fleur Design, Berit Ternell for T G Green

We see so much of T G Green’s “Cornishware” it is easy to forget that dozens of other designs were produced by this iconic British pottery. There is a comprehensive visual catalogue of most of the T G Green designs on Pinterest here.

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