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Noomi Backhausen, Denmark

Noomi Backhausen – Jespersen, Denmark.

Noomi Backhausen (29.12.1938 – 21.05.2011) is best known for her work at Soholm Pottery on Bornholm, Denmark.

She worked there between 1966-1990, and later continued to work on Bornholm in her own studio.

The Soholm designs by Noomi I tend to see most often are from the Cactus Series, (decor by Noomi, forms by Paul Brandborg) the Erika Series (decor Noomi, forms Paul Brandborg) series, and of course Noomi’s plethora of charming designs for stoneware wall plaques which Soholm Pottery has become very well known for.

Noomi’s designs are always bold and expressive, but also joyful and occasionally playful.

 

Noomi Backhausen, Erica Bowl, Soholm

Noomi Backhausen, Erica Bowl, Soholm

Noomi Backhausen, Large Cactus Series Urn , Soholm

Noomi Backhausen, Large Cactus Series Urn , Soholm

Noomi , Soholm Design 3268-2

Noomi Backhausen, Soholm Design 3268-2

There are many other series designed by her, but the images here are of items that have passed through my hands at some stage.

With the wall plaque designs the form or shape number can be found stamped on the back. Sometimes there are a number of colour/pattern variations of each wall plaque – and this is signified by a single digit after the 4 digits of the shape number (e.g. 3589 2 ). Many of the designs seem to have 2-3 variations.

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3563

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3563

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3556

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3556

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3595

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3595

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3558

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3558

Noomi, Soholm Plaque, 3589 (2)

Noomi, Soholm Plaque, 3589 (2)

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3574

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3574 (2)

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3571

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3571

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3574

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3574 (1)

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 4990

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 4990

It isn’t as well known but later in life Noomi worked In her own studio on Bornholm, where she produced huge ceramic table tops. Read more

Hjorth Denmark, Part 1

L. Hjorth Denmark

The Hjorth Factory was located in Roenne on Bornholm, and island off Denmark, founded in 1859 . It operated until 1993 and then re-openend in 1995 as a working museum. For much of its history it was operated by descendants of Lautriz Hjorth, its original founder.

In the 1880’s Hjorth pottery was being sold in the department stores of Paris, London and Berlin, and as far away as Australia and the United States.

Danish Pottery, 1876 Art Journal

Danish Pottery, 1876 Art Journal

The image above is   from “The Art Journal 1876”. The engraving is entitled “Pottery of Denmark” which “has obtained large estimation in England and is highly valued in America” quotes the notation on the page, and goes on to say “the more prominent productions of Denmark are either copies from or adaptions of the forms and ornamentation of Etruria”

The pottery is not named, but some of it is early HJORTH pottery as in the Hjorth Catalogue for 1884. Read more

Michael Andersen & Sons Pottery, Denmark

Michael Andersen and Sons Pottery (MAS), Bornholm Denmark. 

Michael Andersen & Sons was founded in the 1880s (from an earlier 18th Century Pottery) on the island of Bornholm, Denmark – one of the major centres of Danish pottery production during the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Jens Michael Andersen (1859-1931) who was the founder, had trained at the local Hjorth pottery.

His 4 sons worked in the pottery, and one son, Daniel (1885-1959) developed the iconic “Persia” glaze in 1935, which won an international award. The Persia glaze went on to be used on many designs well into the 1960s.

Persia Glaze Bowl by Marianne Starck, M.A.S. Denmark

Persia Glaze Bowl with design by Marianne Starck, M.A.S. Denmark – The cat designs by Marianne Starck on different forms with a Persia glaze have become very collectable pieces.

Michael Andersen & Sons, Lamp with Persia Glaze

Michael Andersen & Sons, Lamp with Persia Glaze – A simple blue pattern on the Persia glaze like this one seems to show it of to best effect – highlighting the lovely mother-of-pearl crackle of the glaze

It is the “Art Pottery” of the 1950s -1970s which MAS are now best known for worldwide…but I also love some of the Art Deco style designs from the 1930s – although these are harder to find in excellent condition now.

Michael Andersen & Sons, Art Deco Era Bowl

Michael Andersen & Sons, Art Deco Era Bowl

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