Henrik Ditlev Larsen, Denmark
Henrik Ditlev Larsen worked as a wheel thrower at Lars Syberg Pottery in Denmark in the 1940s and 1950s during its heyday. He simply went by the name of Ditlev.
He worked alongside Bjorn Wiinblad who was just starting his career also around this time. Wiinblad was allowed to produce some of his own work at Syberg, and Ditlev threw pieces for Bjorn Wiinblad, who then decorated them.
Ditlev went on to start his own pottery in Lyngby, Denmark in 1956 – and later went to work with Bjorn Wiinblad again, when Wiinblad purchased Nymolle pottery around 1976.
The work that you come across from Ditlev’s own studio are always elegant and simple, and at the same time very precisely made. If you find pieces with handles by Ditlev they are usually thrown pieces attached to the clay body, and they show his high level of his skill as a thrower, as do his perfectly formed flat plates.
Ditlev Denmark, Studio Bowl
Ditlev Denmark, Signature
Ditlev Denmark, Green Gratin Dish
Ditlev Denmark, Stoneware Plate
Ditlev Denmark, Stoneware Plates
Bjorn Wiinblad at Nymolle.
Part 1 of a 3 part series of articles on 20th Century superstar designer, Bjorn Wiinblad (1918-2006)
Bjorn Wiinblad was a Danish painter, designer and ceramicist who worked in a wide variety of media including painting, set design, fabric design, and illustration. To most of us however he is known as one of the superstar ceramic designers of the 20th Century.
What attracts me to his work is Wiinblad’s skilful use of expressive line and colour, combined with the whimsical nature of his work which always makes you smile. Wiinblad’s work is unlike any other. His style of expression is highly personal, and has a touch of the oriental and exotic about it. It is hard to think of another illustrator or ceramic designer who comes close to Wiinblad in either quality, originality or output.
Early in his career Wiinblad worked mainly in graphics and illustration, but the turning point came when he got the opportunity to work more on his own ceramics in the studio of ceramicist Lars Syberg in Tastrup near Copenhagen. He held his first public exhibition in 1945 – the exhibition was quite a mixed bag of ceramics, portraits, and children’s books – including a complete illustrated edition of “Aladdin”. This exhibition proved to be the jumping point for his career, as through it he became known to Jacob Bang who had just been promoted to the position of Art Director of Nymolle Pottery, and eventuated with Wiinblad starting work with Nymolle in 1946.
WIINBLAD at NYMOLLE
At Nymolle Wiinblad produced exquisite and highly detailed pen and ink drawings which were printed onto a wide range of pottery items – usually in just one colour – with Black, Red and Blue being the most commonly used.