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Figgjo Tor Viking

This very attractive pattern stands out as another very attractive design by Turi Gramstad Oliver.

I love the colours of Tor Viking with its pacific deep blue, olive green, aquamarine and bright white all combining so well in this pattern.

Tor Viking was in production from 1973-1983. The design was placed on a full range of Figgjo forms which were used on other sets and forms used between 1959 and 1973 – so you will find a huge number of different pieces made in this pattern. You will also find many iterations of the design on the same shapes. 

I read some time ago that the design was inspired by the travels of Thor Heyerdahl and his travels in the pacific ocean on “Kon Tiki” – but I cant find this link documented anywhere now. The colours and motifs in the pattern are definitely those of the pacific ocean and islands though. 

I have a number of pieces of Tor Viking for sale in my online store currently – link in the right had column. 

Figgjo Tor Viking Full Condiment Set on Original Wooden Tray – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Tor Viking – Condiment-Cruet Set of Salt, Pepper and Mustard on Original Wooden Tray


Figgjo Tor Viking Saucepan

Figgjo Tor Viking Lidded Sugar Bowl

Figgjo Tor Viking Rectangular Plate

Figgjo Tor Viking – Platter or Rectangular Main Course Plate

Figgjo Tor Viking – Square Butter Box

Figgjo Tor Viking – Teapot

Figgjo Tor Viking – Tea Trio

Figgjo Tor Viking Plate

Figgjo Tor Viking – lidded casserole

Figgjo Tor Viking – Skillet Pan

Figgjo Tor Viking – Large (1 litre) Milk or Water Jug


Figgjo Tor Viking – large sandwich board

Figgjo Tor Viking – Lidded Serving Tureen




Stavangerflint Sera – Inger Waage

This pattern caught my attention straight away, I thought it had to be a design by Inger Waage for Stavangerflint Norway, and my thoughts were correct. While Inger Waage is very well known for her iconic hand painted art-ware pottery, she also designed over 25 dinner ware designs, this being one of the better known designs. 

The design is called “Sera” and was designed by Inger in 1968. It was in production for several years into the 1970s when more colourful designs became the fashion.

The forms that the “Sera” design sits on I find equally interesting,  and they were used for several different designs at Stavangerflint during this era. The form designs were designed by Kåre Berven Fjeldsaa. The handles of the pots and jugs of this series of forms are quite different from anything else at the time, and they are so good in the hand – perfectly ergonomic and balanced. A lot of considered thought has gone into the form designs, which sadly we don’t see much after the 1970s in production ware. 

If you want to learn more about Inger Waage and Stavangerflint there is an excellent facebook page HERE

Stavangerflint Sera

Stavangerflint Sera – Inger Waage 1968

Stavangerflint Sera

Stavangerflint Sera

Stavangerflint Sera

Stavangerflint Sera – Image via “Phrantique” on Etsy


Inger Waage – Stavangerflint – “Darling” Design

The ceramic designs and patterns of Inger Waage (1923-1995) are some of the most recognised of Norway along with those of Turi Gramstad Oliver. They stand out as now iconic mid-century modern and are highly sought after by collectors and lovers of good design around the world.

Inger Waage attended the Norwegian Crafts and Art Industry School in Oslo, studying ceramics between. 1943 – 1946. Following this she worked in her own pottery in Stavanger 1943-1946, and then worked at Stavangerflint from 1953 to 1979 with an extraordinary output of designs.

Rather than me re-writing what has already been researched and published about her work – the best place to find out more about her work is on the beautiful and very comprehensive website created by Ole Gustavsen and Jan Gjerde in Norway here where you can see her works divided into its 5 main groups: Hand-painted pieces, Tableware designs, Souvenir designs, One off pieces, and Works from her own pottery.

I don’t come across Inger’s Waage’s work often, but when I do it stands out like a beacon. Recently I found a bowl pictured here from the “Darling” series design by Inger in 1962. The series features either a male motif, female motif or both male/female together, or fruit motif on different pieces. The pattern is a combination of hand-painted and silkscreened design. You can see others of the designs in this series in Ole’s web page for “darling” HERE

Inger Waage Stavangerflint "Darling"

Inger Waage Stavangerflint “Darling” Photo Ray Garrod

Inger Waage Stavangerflint "Darling"

Inger Waage Stavangerflint “Darling” Photo Ray Garrod

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