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Elle Keramikk, Norway

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

Elle Norway via “Coolect” on etsy

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Yamasan Japan, Large Ikebana Form

I recently came across this large, tri footed Ikebana vessel by Yamasan Japan. It is a very modernist and architectural looking piece with its sweeping lines and sweeping curves

Ikebana vessels by this maker I used to find frequently, but this is the first piece I have come across in about 5 years. (see my previous post in this maker HERE).

It’s also different from the textured glazes frequently seen by this maker as well – being a smooth satin, brown ochre colour with some nice details like the carved panels, and the contrasting clear light green colour on the inside.

Yamasan Japan, Ikebana Vessel

Yamasan Japan, Ikebana Vessel c1960s

Yamasan Japan, Ikebana Vessel c1960s

Yamasan Japan, Ikebana Vessel c1960s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midwinter Sienna, Mexicana – Jessie Tait

Every piece I come across from this series is so beautifully elegant and well proportioned – a fantastic example of 1960s modernism and industrial design at its best.

The pattern for “Sienna” was designed by British design icon Jessie Tait for the Fine Range (1962-1978). It was one of the top selling designs from this series.

The forms for the Fine Range were designed and developed by the Marquis of Queensberry in collaboration with Roy Midwinter.  As well as considering the forms, an improved white clay body was developed, along with a new tougher glaze. The shapes were loosely based on a milk churn – and the straight sides were the perfect vehicle for a wide range of patterns – over 60 designs were created for this series.

Every aspect of this design has been carefully considered, from the shapes to elements such as the lid which shaped in quite a complex manner underneath so it will not fall out when being poured. This considered, quality design you rarely come across these days.

Along with Sienna, another of my personal favourites from the Fine series is “Mexicana”, again by Jessie Tait – this was the only hand painted pattern in the series – but this also proved so popular the pattern was later applied as a transfer.

Midwinter Sienna - Jessie Tait

Midwinter Sienna – Jessie Tait

Midwinter Sienna - Jessie Tait

Midwinter Sienna – Jessie Tait

Midwinter Sienna - Jessie Tait

Midwinter Sienna – Jessie Tait

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