Tue Poulsen Denmark
From time to time I come across beautifully formed stoneware forms from Denmark, stamped “TUE” in tiny letters underneath. Tue is the stamp of Tue Poulsen (b1939 -) a highly accomplished ceramicist and artist who has a permanent gallery and studio in Fårevejle, in the east of Zealand, Denmark.
Tue has a comprehensive website which is so refreshing (and rare it seems!) to find.
The website is jam packed full of wonderful images and information about his work. It is well worth spending some time to read it all.
His sculptural work is astonishing, but equally accomplished are his ceramic vessels – often produced in series. The first image below is of a piece I found recently at an Auction.
Tue Poulson Stoneware Vase
Tue Poulsen Ceramics 1960s-1970s via Tue Poulsen Website
On Tue’s website he also has photographs of early series and works like the one above – which is great to help identify the era pieces were made in.
Tue Poulsen Stoneware Vessel Backstamp
Tue Poulsen Stoneware Vessel
In addition to his own studio pottery, Poulsen has also designed pieces for Stogo (1963, 1976)), Torben Orskov (1963), lamps for Domus Danica (1970), furniture for Westnova (1973) and ceramics for Knabstrup (1973). Read more
Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen – Den Pemanente
I have been slowly going through the digitised catalogues of Den Permanente, Copenhagen – held by the Danish Royal Library HERE
In the 1967 Catalogue I was interested to find some works by Herluf Gottschalck Olsen, who’s work is not widely known nor well documented. Read more about him in my previous post here.
During his relatively brief life he obviously had a profile, and was viewed as an accomplished potter to be able to have work for sale through the juried process of Den Permanente.
It’s good to be able to slowly build up an image library of works of this Danish Potter who could have so easily been lost to history.
Works by Herluf Gottschalck Olsen, Den Permanente Catalogue 1967, Royal Danish Library
Works by Herluf Gottschalck Olsen in the Den Permanente Catalogue 1967 – Royal Danish Library – Full Page
I also found another piece by Herluf on the online Danish auction site “DBA” from 2012: Read more
Helle Allpass, Denmark, (1932 – 2000).
Work by accomplished potters always stands out from the rest. The flat turned piece pictured below I had for several years before I discovered its maker, went on to find out more about her story, and then discovered the lovely bowl by Helle also pictured below.
Helle Allpass trained as an architect initially, but followed a family tradition of pottery soon after. Her father was Christian Schollert, of Schollert Keramik, and her Grandfather Christian Johansen from Korsør.
Helle started her own studio in 1964 just north of Copenhagen, which became very successful and included her founding of the North Zealand Ceramics association. She lived and worked here for the rest of her life, but sadly suffered from Parkinsons disease from around 1996. Read more
Is a favourite pottery brand amongst 20th Century Pottery collectors and design lovers around the world, in addition to lovers of good design looking for a feature piece in their home. Pieces like the massive floor vases and wall plaques make such an impressive design statement.
The range of pottery produced by Soholm during the 20th Century was immense. It was one of the largest and longest surviving potteries on the island of Bornholm Denmark, from its beginnings in 1835 when founded by Hans Ancher Wolffsen, to its closure in 1996.
A large variety of different ceramic artists worked at Soholm including some who have become very collectable. These are just some of the important Soholm Designers/Ceramicists from the mid 20th Century.
Noomi Backhausen (Jespersen) (b1938 – d 2011).
Maria Philippi (Soholm 1962-1964)
Svend Aage Jensen
Gerd Hjort Petersen (also worked at Michael Andersen & Royal Copenhagen)
Einar Johansen (worked at Soholm 1958-1966)
Per Rehfeldt (the last significant designer at Soholm before its closure )
Most of the pottery from Soholm post c1964 is Stoneware (Stentoj in Danish) which has contributed to its longevity and durability. You will often see the base of a Soholm piece inscribed or stamped with the work Stentoj.