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Soholm Denmark, Burgundia

Soholm Burgundia Series

The shapes for this very modernist looking series were designed by Holm Sorensen, and the pattern/glaze/decoration by Svend Aage Jensen in 1956. Many of the same forms were used on the now very rare “Zambesi” series by the same collaborators and other series in the same decade.

The base glaze on Burgundia is a satin black, and the pattern has various designs hand-painted in white, yellow and pale blue.

It is hard to know exactly how many forms there were in this series, but there seems to have been a large number – some of which are now very very rare – like the coveted Bull, and the Stork.

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer – Side View

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer

Soholm Burgundia Design, Candle Holder

Soholm Burgundia Design, Candle Holder

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl – photo via Pinterest

Soholm Burgundia Design, Vase

Soholm Burgundia Design, Vase – this form came in 5 sizes.

Soholm Burgundia Group

Soholm Burgundia Group from Lauritz.com Auction House Denmark

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

From the book "Søholm - Bornholmsk keramik"

Burgundia forms, From the book “Søholm – Bornholmsk keramik”

Soholm Burgundia Ewer Vase

Soholm Burgundia Ewer Vase – Via Pinterest

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

Maria Philippi – Studio Pottery

The Studio Pottery of Maria Philippi

Many of us know the work and designs of Maria Philippi from her time at Soholm Pottery, Bornholm, Denmark – few know however that this was just a brief period in her career as an accomplished studio potter and designer.

She worked at Soholm from 1962 – 1964, but her designs continued to be produced there into the 1970s.

Dr. Walter Lokau in Germany kindly provided me with some images of Maria’s studio pottery from his private collection of which these are just some, plus the brief bio. below.

Born 10 September 1927 Hamburg, Died 3rd February 2004 Bad Krozingen

1951-1954 Potter`s apprenticeship with Monika Maetzel in Hamburg
1955-1956 Worked at workshops in Juist and Hamburg
1957-1959 Studied at the Staatl. Werkschule für Keramik in Höhr-Grenzhausen with
Hubert Griemert, master craftsman’s certificate
Worked at the workshop of Otto, Albrecht & Görge Hohlt in Katzbach
1960-1962 Worked as a teacher at the Keramik-Fachschule in Stoob/Austria
1962-1964 Worked as a designer at Soholm AS Bornholm/Denmark
1964-1998 Own workshop at Merzhausen near Freiburg in the Southwest of Germany.

The wheel thrown forms below which Maria created are so beautifully elegant and sophisticated, and the glazes I think are simply breathtaking. What an amazing talent.

Maria Philippi, Porcelain c2000

Maria Philippi, Porcelain c2000

Maria Philippi, Porcelain c1990

Maria Philippi, Porcelain c1990

Maria Philippi, Porcelain, 1980

Maria Philippi, Porcelain, 1980

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Soholm Denmark

Soholm Denmark

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).
Paul Brandborg
Rigmor Nielsen
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)
Josef Simon
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.

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