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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

Gunter Praschak, Knabstrup Denmark Wall Plaques

Gunter Praschak (1940- 2015 ), Wall Plaques

Gunter Praschak was a highly accomplished ceramicist and educator, with a large body of work which is well represented in galleries in Europe and the U.S.A. /Canada.

Im a lover of 20th Century wall plaques, and I am drawn to the wall plaques by Praschack which were produced during his time at Knabstrup Pottery in Denmark. His wall plaque designs are of animals and insects, some naturalistic – but the majority are stylised and bold, and typically mid-century in their design.

You can see the majority of his Knabstrup wall plaque designs on THIS highly informative and authoritative Danish website all about Knabstrup and its history.

Gunter’s association with Knabstrup as a ceramic designer was between 1964 – 1970. During this time he also had his own studio in Copenhagen.

Gunter Praschak - Knabstrup Wall Plaque

Gunter Praschak – Knabstrup Wall Plaque – own collection

From 1973 until 2004 he was head of the Ceramics Department at the University of Fine Arts in Linz, Austria . Subsequently he worked until his death in 2015 as a freelance artist in his studio in Perchtoldsdorf near Vienna.

Gunter Praschak, Knabstrup Wall Plaque

Gunter Praschak, Knabstrup Wall Plaque, Own collection.

Gunter Praschak, Knabstrup Wall Plaque (Pinterest)

Gunter Praschak, Knabstrup Wall Plaque (Pinterest)

Gunter Praschak, Knabstrup Wall Plaque

Gunter Praschak, Knabstrup Wall Plaque (Pinterest)

Gunter Praschak - Knabstrup Wall Plaque

Gunter Praschak – Knabstrup Wall Plaque (Pinterest)

Gunter was initially married to the artist Waltraud Praschak-Thalhammer (married 1968-1988) who worked also at Knabstrup (1964-1970) Read more

Maria Philippi – Soholm Designs

Maria Philippi – Soholm

In the previous article you saw some of the fabulous studio work by Maria Philippi. This post is about her work with Soholm Pottery, Bornolm Denmark where she worked 1962-1964 as a designer.  Her designs there were so popular that they went on being produced well into the 1970s.

Maria created a number of designs at Soholm in her 2 years there as a designer – and the images featured here are probably her best known designer from her time with Soholm – and the ones that you will come across most often.

One of the most beautiful, and best known designs by Maria is “Nordlys” (Northern Lights) and you can see why it is called that in some of the lovely colour flares and runs on the Nordlys pieces in the first set of images.

Soholm Nordlys Teapot - Maria Philippi

Soholm Nordlys Teapot – Maria Philippi

Soholm Nordlys Vase - Maria Philippi

Soholm Nordlys Vase – Maria Philippi

Soholm Nordlys Dish - Maria Philippi

Soholm Nordlys Dish – Maria Philippi

Soholm Nordlys Bud Vase, Maria Philippi

Soholm Nordlys Bud Vase, Maria Philippi

 

Another popular series by Maria is “Granit” – which came in both a blue and a brown glaze. The blue glaze is typical of many at this time from Soholm where on the sharper edges and rims the glaze turns a caramel colour. Read more

Ejvind Nielsen Pottery, Denmark

Ejvind Nielsen 1916-1988, Denmark.

The work of Ejvind Nielsen has become highly sought after amongst collectors, and while you will find a number of pieces by Ejvind Nielsen for sale around the place, it is hard to find out much about him or his work.

What I have found is this though:

It is not clear where he had his apprenticeship – but he did spend some time in England in the 1930’s, and then in Spain as a volunteer after the Civil War.

Ejvind opened his own pottery in 1943 in Hvidovre, Denmark and it ran through until 1978 – but had enough stock to keep the shop open until the mid 1980’s. Sadly the pottery is no longer there, and a new house stands on the block.

Ejvind Nielsen, Jar Form

Ejvind Nielsen, Jar Form

Ejvind Nielsen, Signature

Ejvind Nielsen, Signature

Opening during the War meant supplies were quite short – so it seems he worked for a time at Royal Copenhagen under Thorkild Ohlsen, where he also met his wife Lizzi.

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Michael Andersen & Sons Pottery, Denmark

Michael Andersen and Sons Pottery (MAS), Bornholm Denmark. 

Michael Andersen & Sons was founded in the 1880s (from an earlier 18th Century Pottery) on the island of Bornholm, Denmark – one of the major centres of Danish pottery production during the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Jens Michael Andersen (1859-1931) who was the founder, had trained at the local Hjorth pottery.

His 4 sons worked in the pottery, and one son, Daniel (1885-1959) developed the iconic “Persia” glaze in 1935, which won an international award. The Persia glaze went on to be used on many designs well into the 1960s.

Persia Glaze Bowl by Marianne Starck, M.A.S. Denmark

Persia Glaze Bowl with design by Marianne Starck, M.A.S. Denmark – The cat designs by Marianne Starck on different forms with a Persia glaze have become very collectable pieces.

Michael Andersen & Sons, Lamp with Persia Glaze

Michael Andersen & Sons, Lamp with Persia Glaze – A simple blue pattern on the Persia glaze like this one seems to show it of to best effect – highlighting the lovely mother-of-pearl crackle of the glaze

It is the “Art Pottery” of the 1950s -1970s which MAS are now best known for worldwide…but I also love some of the Art Deco style designs from the 1930s – although these are harder to find in excellent condition now.

Michael Andersen & Sons, Art Deco Era Bowl

Michael Andersen & Sons, Art Deco Era Bowl

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Piotr Baro – Knabstrup

Piotr Baro Knabstrup Denmark

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Piotr Baro 1924-1998 , arrived in Denmark in 1957 as a political refugee from Poland, and went on to become a well known illustrator and designer, and worked also as a teacher at Grafiske Højskole.

As a designer, he is best known for imaginative and bold ceramic designs – usually wall plaques – produced at the Danish ceramics factory Knabstrup pottery. These designs really stand out from the crowd with their very stylised illustrations, often depicting animals or mythical creatures.

Most of the plaque designs you will come across are in striking black and white – but many of these designs were also produced in blue and white, although they are much harder to find.

Piotr Baro, Wall Plaque, Knabstrup Denmark

Piotr Baro, Wall Plaque, Knabstrup Denmark

Piotr Baro, Wall Plaque, Knabstrup Denmark

Piotr Baro, Wall Plaque, Knabstrup Denmark

The 2 examples above are wall plaques I have had, and the 2 below are from Maike’s Danishmood Etsy store. Read more