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Ilja Chapoff – More Works

I was so pleased to hear from readers Alan & Val who were able to provide some more snippets of information about, and some images of pieces they have by Ilja Chapoff.

Ilja was a WWII refugee to Australia, and worked as a potter painter and sculptor in until the 1980s mainly in New South Wales (see my previous post here)

Alan and Val met Ilja when they ran a small art gallery where they sold some of his work. The gallery was next to their printing business in Narwee 1974/1975.

During this period Ilja was living in the Narwee/Riverwood area. They recall him being a quiet and gentle man, who before he migrated to Australia had taught and practised as an artist in Europe (possibly Prague) for many years, but had to flee with nothing when he came to Australia.

They purchased some of his work at that time, and kindly sent me some photographs of it.

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Conny Walther

The pot in the first image is a quite large and heavily textured piece of studio pottery by the very well known Danish Ceramicist, Conny Walther (b1931 – d?).

Conny started off at Saxbo Pottery 1948-1949, but left after a year and studied the Arts and Crafts School in Copenhagen 1949-1951 where she graduated as a ceramicist.

She then worked at Kahler Ceramics in Naestved 1951-1952, before opening her own studio in Birkerod, north of Copenhagen with her husband, Artist Bent Stubbe Teglbjerg – who sometimes decorated her works. In her later years she worked as a painter.

Her early work consisted of high fired earthenware, simply decorated with thick glossy glazes, before moving on to high fired stoneware with ash glazes (askeglasurer).

In the 1960s and 70s she experimented freely with stoneware sculptures composed of burned, unglazed, part geometric, part organic shapes of porcelain clay, often which with heavily textured surfaces.

I think the first piece here belongs to a period in the middle somewhere, early 1960s probably. It is high fired stoneware, with what appears to be a clear ash glaze. Her CW cypher is one that is instantly recognisable.

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Denby Troubador

Another of my Denby favourites is “Troubador” (sic). Designed in the early 1970s.

It is beautifully simple and delicate pattern of superbly hand painted magnolias with leaves in soft greens and pale browns with the faintest touch of dusty pink, on a simple stone coloured stoneware.

I really like the forms of the 1960s – early 1970’s Denby – especially forms such as the bowls and plates in  this series.

Timeless but contemporary at the same time – and gaining popularity to a new generation currently.

The pattern, form design and quality production of this dinnerware is sadly almost non existent these days – apart from hand made studio pottery – which this most closely resembles.

Denby Troubador

Denby Troubador

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Denby Pottery Teak Salt + Peppers

Denby Pottery Teak Salt + Peppers

Something I have only discovered a year or so ago thanks to Maija from Copenhagen.  Maija found some fantastic looking Denby Salt & Pepper shakers with teak bodies. I have seen Denby items before  combined with teak trays or stands but haven’t seen this before – where the teak is used as part of the form or design.

The first use of teak used to compliment Denby Pottery I have seen to date is from Gill Pemberton’s “Arabesque” series, – which matches the time period teak started to become very popular (the early 1960s through to the mid 1970s)

A quick Google search for Denby+Teak resulted in dozens of images of Denby S&P’s with teak bases, mostly from the Potter’s Wheel series – with some fantastic colour variations.

The first 2 images below are from Maija – and it is a bit hard to know if these are from a particular  Denby series, or if they were produced as stand alone pieces to go with a variety of designs. I think they are closest in colour and glaze to Arabesque – but their shapes bear no relationship to the strong angular shapes of the Arabesque pieces.

I have often read these designs were a collaborative Dansk – Jens Quistgaard design which is incorrect, but finally I have been able to identify their designer.

The Danish link was correct, but the wrong assumption of Quistgaard has been made by many people. Gill Pemberton tells me these were designed by freelance Danish designer Kurt Franzen c1974, who also created for Denby the very smart “Gourmet” (second version, not the Kenneth Clark version) dinnerware series. It appears to have been renamed the “Gourmet Vanilla” pattern soon after release.

Denby Potters Wheel Salt & Peppers. Photo Maija, Denmark.

Denby Potters Wheel Salt & Peppers. Photo Maija, Denmark.

Denby Potters Wheel Salt & Peppers

Denby Potters Wheel Salt & Peppers. Photo Maija, Denmark.

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Trude Barner Jespersen, Denmark.

Trude Barner Jespersen, Denmark.

Trude Barner Jespersen was born in 1938 and died in 1997, Dianalund, Denmark.

In the 1960s – 1970s she produced a series of designs for Bing & Grondahl. It was a stunning series of contemporary porcelain designs which Im surprised are not more well known.

Equally Im surprised that her talent is not well documented. It happens often with Artists and Potters that some become well known and well documented, and others simply by coincidence, history seems to bypass. In Trude’s case it may also have something to do with passing away at a relatively young age of 59.

There is a black and white photograph of Trude’s series for Bing & Grondahl in the book “New Design in Ceramics” Donald J Willcox, 1970 – a book which focuses on talented Scandinavian ceramicists – but there is no written information about the design or Trude’s work.

From what I can see, Trude’s work as a potter and designer seems to have developed along 2 streams – her contemporary, clean, streamlined porcelain designs for Bing & Grondahl, and her more traditional domestic, wood fired stoneware studio pottery from her workshop in Dianalund in the West of the Island of Zealand, Denmark.

Below is some Biographical information from the Danish Artists Database HERE

Trude started her own workshop/studio in 1962, making her own porcelain clay, and glazing with various ash and salt glazes. She was inspired by trips to the west cost of Greenland in the 1970s and has produced a number of reliefs and other works with with Greenlandic and maritime themes.

Trude Barner Jespersen Works:

  • Porcelain series (1967, Bing and Grøndal, 1975 decorated by Icelandic artist RUNA);
  • Misiqssut at Disko (relief, 1973, Ikast Handelssk.);
  • Baffins Bay (Relief Series, 1974);
  • The displacement of the population of Kutdligssat, Disko (relief, 1985, Nuuk City Hall);
  • Sound insulation collage (1986, ASA-Lift, Dianalund);
  • 2 Greenland Reliefs (1990, Gudrun’s Memorial, Dianalund);
  • Columbus Ship Relief (1992); 6 ship reliever (1993, Colonien Filadelfia, Dianalund 1993).
Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s – Photographer unknown

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s

Trude Barner Jespersen for Bing & Grondahl 1970s via DBA Denmark.

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work – Photo via DBA Denmark

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work

Trude Barner Jerspersen Studio Work. Photo via DBA Denmark


There are also some charming photographs online of Trude in her workshop in Dianalund on the Danish Archive site 

Trude Barner Jespersen, in her Studio, Photographer unknown via

Trude Barner Jespersen, in her Studio, Photographer unknown via

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Gutte Eriksen – 2 Recent Finds

Gutte Eriksen – 2 Recent Finds

I was very fortunate recently to find not just one, but two pieces of important Danish studio pottery by Gutte Eriksen. (read my previous post on Gutte here)  The pieces were in an auction lot of assorted Danish pottery and I only recognised the first one as by Gutte – until I got them home and cleaned – as all of them were covered in years of dust and soiling. To my surprise there was a second and larger piece by Gutte which revealed itself when cleaned.

The first is a charming urn form with lid and handles standing just over 12cm tall. It has subtle cobalt blue decoration, and the textured ash and borax glaze she has become associated with. The tiny bubbles in the glaze are a characteristic of this glaze and caused by the borax content.

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

Gutte Eriksen Denmark

The second piece has a pattern around the shoulder which I have seen previously on pieces by Gutte.

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Tue Poulsen Denmark

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 Poulson Stoneware Vase

Tue Poulsen Ceramics

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

Tue Poulsen Stoneware Vessel Backstamp

Tue Poulsen Vessel

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

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

Works by Herluf Gottschalck Olsen, Den Permanente Catalogue 1967, Royal Danish Library


Herluf Gottschalck Olsen

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