I have been able to identify a mystery stoneware studio piece which Ive had for years - thanks to Maike on Instagram. Maike has had pieces by this maker in her Etsy store previously, but somehow I had missed seeing them.
Work by accomplished and experienced potters always stands out from the rest - and this is no exception with its rustic but refined charm, expert use of glaze, pattern, motif and skilled wheel throwing. It has a cream colours, brushed underglaze, with a deep turquoise overglaze - and the pattern as been drawn in the overglaze to reveal the colour beneath.
The potter turns out to be Herluf Gottschalck-Olsen 1915-1968 (Aged just 52).
There is very little information on the web about this potter, except that he worked for a reasonable time at Stogo Pottery (which was formerly Mørkøv Ceramics) founded in 1940 by Peter Hansen. It closed in the mid 1980s. I have had Stogo pieces previously, but never linked the two.
I'm unsure at this stage whether the pieces simply signed G O like the large bowl I have below are from Herluf's own studio, or whether he produced them while at Morkov/Stogo under his own name as was often the practise.
Some of the Stogo pottery pieces have the cypher of Herluf Olsen as well as the Stogo mark. They produced a variety of stoneware studio and domestic pieces.
|Herluf Olsen Bowl - via DanishMood Etsy|
|Herluf Olsen/Stogo Lamp - via DanishMood Etsy|
|Herluf Olsen Lamp Base - GO and Stogo mark|
Photo via DanishMood Etsy.
If you are familiar with this Danish Potter, or know any more about his work or life I would love to hear from you direct (contact tab) or in the comments below.