September 29, 2016

1970s Thomas/Rosenthal Germany, Scandic

This stunning coffee pot and milk jug was made by Thomas of Germany from the "Scandic" range, designed by Hertha Bengtson 1917-1993 (form) and Hanns Welling (decor) in 1970. I love the rounded/dome shaped lids and clean lines of the Scandic series - which had a huge number of patterns and colour variations.

A comprehensive history and guide to the backstamps of Thomas before it was completely absorbed in to the Rosenthal Group of Germany can be found HERE

To me these strong colours represent some of the best elements of 1970s design, with its bold clean designs, and of course the use of the colour orange - which no era seems to have embraced more.

September 23, 2016

Herluf Gottschalk Olsen - Denmark

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. 

September 8, 2016

Moira Pottery, England

From time to time I come across lovely earthenware or "creamware" pieces of pottery by Moira Pottery, England. Pictured are 2 pieces I found last year.

Moira pottery was originally founded in 1922, and is still well known for its domestic or utilitarian earthenware which started with jam jars, and progressed to its well known "Hillstonia" range which was made from 1934-1972 . It also produced salt glazed stoneware, beer steins, and stamped/branded domestic ware of many types.

The pottery was located near Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire and mined its own clay on site. Moira is often (and seemingly incorrectly) documented as having closed in 1972 by a National Coal Board compulsory acquisition. (It sat on a valuable coal seam, which is often next to a clay seam)

From snippets of information I have come across it seems the original Moira location was closed, but Moira then either re-openend or operated at a nearby location until the mid 1980s when it closed and the site possibly became a textile factory. 

The Victoria & Albert Museum also has 2 pieces of Moira salt glazed stoneware pottery in its collection, made in 1981. You can see one of them on the V&A site HERE.

The beautiful clay used by Moira pottery was very plastic in nature and beautiful for throwing as well as enhancing glaze colour and surface, and was also used by other potteries such as that at Albrighton.

The beautifully plastic characteristics of the Moira clay differentiates it from lesser quality creamware - in the jug I have pictured below you can still see the concentric rings from its throwing because it held shape so well.

If you know more about the later history of this pottery, or even worked at Moira I would love to hear from you.

August 28, 2016

Gutte Eriksen, Denmark

A lovely little beaker form by important Danish Potter Gutte Eriksen (1918-2008).  I recently re-discovered this piece in a small box of Danish studio pottery I had stored a few years ago. At the time I didn't know the maker - but pottery from an accomplished hand always stands out, even the humblest of pieces - so set it aside.

The glaze and surface of each piece is what stands out about Gutte's work to me - and because she spent time with Bernard Leach - and I think the simplicity and robustness of his work (as well as a Japanese influence) shows through in her work.

I have only ever had or seen in life one other piece by Gutte,which I wrote about HERE

Her work is usually signed either with a "G" cypher which looks like an ear, or simply "Gutte" in script.

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)