Rorstrand “Palett” is an impressive and bold design, which appears to be from the late 1960s or early to mid 1970’s, but sadly its designer is not known. It has elements in the design that many of the designers at Rorstand during this period used.
The design features hand painted bands in warm ochre hues with a blue circle as the centre of the design on most forms. There appear to be some variations on this theme – but at this stage I’m not sure if they are Palett or other named designs so will leave that idea alone for now.
It seems a hard design to find, and there are not a lot of images of it online, and they consist mostly of plates or bowls, but I did manage to find a photo of a cup that was for sale below.
It is also a difficult word to search for also, as even in quotation marks “Palett” changes to other spellings on search engines. If anyone comes across the designer listed in some archive, book or other publication I would love to know.
I was so pleased to hear from readers Alan & Val who were able to provide some more snippets of information about, and some images of pieces they have by Ilja Chapoff.
Ilja was a WWII refugee to Australia, and worked as a potter painter and sculptor in until the 1980s mainly in New South Wales (see my previous post here)
Alan and Val met Ilja when they ran a small art gallery where they sold some of his work. The gallery was next to their printing business in Narwee 1974/1975.
During this period Ilja was living in the Narwee/Riverwood area. They recall him being a quiet and gentle man, who before he migrated to Australia had taught and practised as an artist in Europe (possibly Prague) for many years, but had to flee with nothing when he came to Australia.
They purchased some of his work at that time, and kindly sent me some photographs of it.
You will also see below another example of Ilja’s work sent to me by Sandra Read more
Trude Barner Jespersen was born in 1938 and died in 1997, Dianalund, Denmark.
In the 1960s – 1970s she produced a series of designs for Bing & Grondahl. It was a stunning series of contemporary porcelain designs which Im surprised are not more well known.
Equally Im surprised that her talent is not well documented. It happens often with Artists and Potters that some become well known and well documented, and others simply by coincidence, history seems to bypass. In Trude’s case it may also have something to do with passing away at a relatively young age of 59.
There is a black and white photograph of Trude’s series for Bing & Grondahl in the book “New Design in Ceramics” Donald J Willcox, 1970 – a book which focuses on talented Scandinavian ceramicists – but there is no written information about the design or Trude’s work.
From what I can see, Trude’s work as a potter and designer seems to have developed along 2 streams – her contemporary, clean, streamlined porcelain designs for Bing & Grondahl, and her more traditional domestic, wood fired stoneware studio pottery from her workshop in Dianalund in the West of the Island of Zealand, Denmark.
Below is some Biographical information from the Danish Artists Database HERE
Trude started her own workshop/studio in 1962, making her own porcelain clay, and glazing with various ash and salt glazes. She was inspired by trips to the west cost of Greenland in the 1970s and has produced a number of reliefs and other works with with Greenlandic and maritime themes.
Trude Barner Jespersen Works:
Porcelain series (1967, Bing and Grøndal, 1975 decorated by Icelandic artist RUNA);
Misiqssut at Disko (relief, 1973, Ikast Handelssk.);
Baffins Bay (Relief Series, 1974);
The displacement of the population of Kutdligssat, Disko (relief, 1985, Nuuk City Hall);
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