August 17, 2016

HAK Kahler Denmark, Pin Dish

From time to time I see Kahler (HAK) Denmark small stoneware dishes like the one here I found a while ago. The designs of these small objects is not the refined, typically Scandinavian style you normally associate with this maker.

They are generally around 10cm in diameter - slightly larger than a "pin" dish. Sometimes the designs are simply glaze splashes or splatters like on this piece, and sometimes they have more developed hand painted designs. They make attractive group displays if you manage to get hold of a few.

No two appear to have the same design, and they all appear to have been made as one-offs - perhaps for sale to visitors in the Kahler pottery shop when the pottery was running in Næstved until the 1970s.

August 10, 2016

Ditlev Denmark, Plates

I am currently going through a box of Danish studio pottery I've had in storage for a while, and came across some wonderful stoneware plates by Ditllev, Denmark.

This is a potter who's work I really admire. The clay he used is a fine grained dark clay the colour of dark chocolate, and the clay body has a natural satin sheen about it I have seen on no other pottery.

Ditlev's forms are always elegant and simple, and at the same time very precisely made. Im always drawn to his glazes as well - often speckled as can be seen in these examples, and never boring in colour. See my other entries on his work HERE.

Henrik Detlev Larsen went simply by the name of Ditlev. He founded is own pottery in Lyngby Denmark in 1956, and later worked with Bjorn Wiinblad at Nymolle. 

All the pottery I have come across by Detlev is of a utilitarian, and domestic nature and very high fired, very tough stoneware.


July 11, 2016

Denby 1970s Teak

Something I have only discovered recently, thanks to Maija from Copenhgagenblack . Maija recently came across 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 actually part of the form or design.

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 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.

The next images are definitely pieces from the "Potter's Wheel" series by David Yorath.

Denby Salt, Potters Wheel Series, Via Caddis Eclectica on Etsy 

Denby Salt and Pepper, Potters Wheel Series, Via Eight Mile Vintage on Etsy 
Then there is this very groovy looking variation which I found on Etsy (sold) from the store by "BunchOLongHairs" . It has a salt shaker at the top, and the bottom has a pepper grinder.

June 9, 2016

Hornsea Muramic

I was reminded of this fantastic retro design recently when I "re-discovered" the lovely dish in the first image which I had in storage. I had a brief post about it before, but wasn't aware until recently of the fantastic variations in this very psychedelic design.

The full name of the design is actually Hornsea Lancaster Vitramic, "Muramic" which was made at the Hornsea Lancaster site 1977-1980, where the the award wining "Contrast" design amongst others was also made.

The most commonly seen items in this design are variations of the round shallow dish, but several other products were made including some fantastic wall plaques, and even jewellery.

I notice the Hornsea Museum website has changed, and there is no longer a history of the pottery listed sadly, but I found another site run by a keen collector with quite an extensive knowledge of Horsnea, and some great image galleries. It is well worth a look HERE...(the image of the fantastic Muramic Bird design below is from the website, run by Brian Monkman)

A variation of Muramic, via Etsy HERE (sold) 

A Set of 3 Muramic dishes
from the fantastic EyeOnStyle on Etsy (sold)
(Steve & Jill used to run the now archived, authoritative blog "" )

via Hornsea-Pottery.Org (see above) 

May 24, 2016

Helle Allpass Bowl

I have had this lovely stoneware bowl for some time, but had forgotten to post it here on the website.

It is by Danish Potter Helle Allpass 1932-2000. Helle was a highly accomplished potter who initially trained as an architect, but in the 1960s followed in the footsteps of her father and grandfather and became a potter. One of her daughters Ane, continues the family tradition of ceramics.

This fine bowl is typical of the production ware from Helle, with its iron rich glaze and well designed form. Her best works though, were her very large turned forms - you can see a few photos of these on this Danish blog

April 24, 2016

Bitossi Viti

If you have been reading this website for some time, you might have noticed the fantastic, very large Vintage Bitossi lamp base below I found several years ago. I have seen this lamp design pop up occasionally online, but it seems to be quite uncommon compared with other Bitossi designs which you tend to see just about everywhere.

Finally I have been able to give the decor or design a name. It is "Viti" - an Italian noun for a wood screw - and if you look at the design you can see that there are impressed screw marks all over it.

What a simple, inventive and creative way of coming up with a very striking design.

The same form and decor was also made as a tall vase.

April 17, 2016

An Original Denby Chevron Platter

A nice link into the previous post quite by coincidence. This is a bit of a rarity - in fact Ive never come across this platter from the Denby "Chevron" series before. I've had a similar size in the 1950s "spring" design and this one is a little larger than that....a huge piece in fact.

Even better it appears to be have never been used - not a mark!.....and because of that you are able to see the glaze and colour as it originally was, without the fading and subtle changes that come from time and use. Even though Denby pottery is very tough stoneware, the glazes do start to loose their sheen and surface over the decades from detergents and general wear as does all pottery.

If  you are unfamiliar with this now iconic Denby Chevron series by Gill Pemberton, read about it in my previous entries in reverse sequence HERE. 

April 3, 2016

Denby - Natural Canvas - An Evolution of Chevron

I was interested to see one of my favourite makers of the 20th Century who are still in business (not too many of them around any more) - Denby, has recently released an evolution of Gill Pemberton's iconic "Chevron" design.

It is called "Natural Canvas", and (quoted from the Denby website)
"The design origins of the collection lie in Gill Pemberton's iconic "Chevron"range of the 1960's. Natural canvas borrows proudly from the collection's (Chevron) Scandinavian influences and earthy hand-applied texture. In doing so it celebrates the very best of Denby's contribution to pottery and design and sensitively updates it for modern living" 
A nice touch that on the Denby website, Gill is acknowledged for her original design on which "Canvas" is based, along with a photograph of her at work on a Chevron piece in the 1960s.

As with all Denby pottery, it is vitrified stoneware - which is very strong and made to last.

Not often does a re-working of a such a classic and iconic design resolve that well, but this time I think it has worked extremely well, and like Chevron, it is an elegant, classic and timeless design.

I love the shapes of the handles on these pieces, plus the colour - and while the design has been refined for today, it's essential authenticity has not been lost - especially when you compare designs such as that of the teapot.

All images are courtesy of Denby U.K.  (click to go to the Denby web pages for Natural Canvas)

Read my series of posts about "Chevron" including my interview with Gill a few years ago HERE. 

Denby "Natural Canvas" 

Denby "Natural Canvas" 

Denby "Natural Canvas"