The amazing dinner setting in this post just popped up in my email and took my breath away. It is part of a large “Design from the 20th Century” auction at Lauritz.com starting on May 6th.
It is of course the now iconic Rosenthal design “Flash”.
“Flash” was designed by Dorothy Hafner for Rosenthal in 1982 (released 1984) and quickly became an 80’s iconic design…and seems to be currently attracting a whole new audience.
Dorothy Hafner is an American painter and sculptor who started her career in ceramics in 1973 after training as a painter and sculptor. She designed a number of dinnerware designs for Rosenthal including “Tango”, “New Wave”, “Suomi Day and Night” as well as the stunning “Chevron” design for Tiffany.
The influences cited on Dorothy’s website are:
“The poetry of the sea, the marvel of outer space and scientific imagery, and the love of music and dance are the inspirational springboards from which from Hafner has worked for over 30 years”
Like all dinnerware services, the visual power and presence of a service when seen together like this is so much more impressive, and gives us an insight into the design process and creativity of its creator.
The estimated price for this dinner set is EUR 1300. It will be interesting to watch what it sells for.
Rosenthal “Flash” Dorothy Hafner. Photo Lauritz.com
Rosenthal “Flash” Dorothy Hafner. Photo Lauritz.com
Rhonda Boehm, Barossa Valley, South Australia
From time to time I come across lovely stoneware fired pieces by local potter Rhonda Boehm.
Rhonda Boehm (b ? – d 2005) worked from a studio in the Barossa Valley, South Australia – and was most active during the 1980s.
Her work has a distinctive and honest quality to it – and is most often in muted mushroom pinks and bluish greys. Rhonda specialised in coloured clay slips and dry glazes over a carved whitish coloured clay body. Pieces were glazed on the inside with a clear glaze most often.
Some works have a botanical design, and others have precise and geometric patterns carved into the stoneware fired clay. There is something reminiscent of the hues of the Australian sunset and landscape in Rhonda’s use of colour and design.
The images below are pieces by Rhonda which have passed through my hands over the years.
The information quoted below is from the ever growing and hugely informative Australian Pottery >1960s Website and associated pages by Judith Pearce.
Rhonda Boehm ( -2005) owned a hairdressing salon in Nuriootpa, SA, before taking up pottery in the early 1970s under her married name, Rhonda Longbottom. She completed a ceramics course…. and set up a studio in the caretakers’ cottage of an old stone winery she renovated with her husband in Tanunda, SA. She also ran a successful gallery in the main building and was an active member of the Potters’ Guild of SA. In the mid-1980s, she divorced and began practicing under her maiden name. Work produced before her divorce is incised ‘Rhonda Longbottom’ or impressed ‘RL’ with the R inside the angle of the L. Work made after is impressed ‘RB’ with the R reversed. Some pieces may also have an impressed kangaroo. Others may be incised ‘Boehm’.
Inkeri Leivo – Arabia Finland – Pudas Arctica
The design featured here is “Pudas Arctica” by Inkeri Leivo (1944-2010), which is a variation of her now 20th Century design classic “Arctica” – which is still in production today.
The design for Arctica began in 1975 and was in production by 1979. Pudas Arctica was in production up until c1981.
Arctica has continued to evolve, with new variations even now still being added by current designers.
Arctica was designed as a large dinner service including baking dishes, tureen etc. The design featured a slimmer and more elegant profile than previous Arabia designs due to new technologies.
The roundness of the design while being very contemporary, also alludes to the elegant forms of the 1930’s Art Deco era.
Inkeri had began her career in Arabia in 1971, and her clean, light and graceful designs were a change from the heavier forms coming out of Arabia Finland in the 1970s. Amongst others, Inkeri also designed the popular “Saaristo”, “Kombi” “Harlekiini” & “Uhtua” lines.
Annette From, Denmark
Work by Annette From of Denmark made in the 1970s and 1980s I come across from time to time. As of 2012 she was still working at her studio in Asnæs (a village in the western part of Zealand, DK)….I am not sure if this is still the case.
She was born in 1931 in Ghent, Belgium. Annette exhibited widely in Denmark between the 1960s and 1990s – but surprisingly little of her work is seen on the market these days.
Her training as a potter was completed in 1951 after having been taught by Nathalie Krebs (Saxbo) and others, and she set up her own studio in 1963.
The thrown forms I have seem made by her are from the 1970s and 1980s, and are solid, well made pieces with uncomplicated glazes. These thrown forms are made with have heavily textured clay as I find with quite a lot Danish Studio Pottery.
Her free-form sculptural pieces pictured below are also interesting, especially when grouped together in different ways – creating different interactions and small sculptural vignettes. While there are only 2 in a group below, they dont appear to have been made as “sets” and any number could be arranged in any manner.
If any readers of this site have work by Annette, I would love to see it – contact me via email or post to the facebook page for the website.
Annette From, Denmark, Studio Bowl
Annette From, Denmark, Studio Bowl , Top View
Royal Copenhagen “Picnic”
My interest in 20th Century ceramics starts to wane a bit in the late 1970s, but occasionally I come across interesting designs or stories from later.
This is a Royal Copenhagen design you don’t see that often, but was very popular when it was released in the early 1980s. The design is called “Picnic”. Strangely enough it is a design that rarely turns up nowadays. To me it typifies the flat, clean and bright design of the 1980s.
There were 6 different patterns in this series, with the forms designed by Grethe Meyer, and the graphics by Ole Kortzau. Interestingly, both of these designers initially worked as Architects but are now better known for their work in other design fields.
Royal Copenhagen “Picnic” – 1980s
Royal Copenhagen “Picnic” – 1980s – Backstamps
Ole Kortzau is well known for his series of Danish beachscape postcards from the 1970’s-1980’s which obviously influenced the bright, fresh designs of “Picnic”. He also designed for Georg Jensen, Holmegaard, Kvadrat amongst others. Read more