09 June 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 "Mypotshots.blogspot.com" )

via Hornsea-Pottery.Org (see above) 

24 May 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





24 April 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.



17 April 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. 





03 April 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" 

23 March 2016

Arabia Finland Kaarna

This all white trio of teapot, jug, and sugar bowl below is a variation of the "Kaarna" design for Arabia Finland by Ulla Procope (b1921- d1968).

Ulla Procope of course was responsible for some of the most iconic 1960's and 1970s designs from Arabia Finland - e.g. Rosmarin, Fennica, Ruska, Valencia, Liekki, Anemone, Koralli and her last and most colourful design - Purpurinjenkka

Kaarna is a Finnish noun for Bark (tree) - and seems to be a reference to the ribbed texture on this design - more obvious in the matte brown glaze as seen in the last photograph.

The white glaze has a more contemporary and timeless look about it, with white glazes still being the preference of many manufacturers and buyers.

This seems to be slowly changing again however - starting with the influence and preference of high end world class restaurants (especially those in Scandinavia) for the hand made, and more rustic looking dinnerware with the concept of a single massed produced dinnerware design out of favour.





17 March 2016

Gerd Bogelund

Gerd Bogelund (1923-1987) worked at Royal Copenhagen while studying until 1942, then briefly worked at Saxbo before returning to Royal Copenhagen in 1946 as an Artist in Residence for many years. Her work is highly sought after by collectors, but hard to find here in Australia. 

I was fortunate enough to find the 2 pieces in the first 4 images a few years ago, but it is only the second time I have come across the work of this designer in about 10 years (at an affordable price anyway :)

She is best known for her beautifully and intricately patterned stoneware pieces at Royal Copenhagen, typical of the example below, but did also design some equally impressive porcelain pieces - often with blue or celadon glazes.

If you want to see more, Freeforms USA in New York, always have a great selection of work by Gerd on their website HERE





The Gerd Bogelund cypher above is one of the more easily recognisable ones - a stylised GB. 

A very popular blossom vase form by Gerd Bogelund  for Royal Copenhagen
 (photo Scammell Auctions) 

This exquisite Celadon glazed candle holder by Gerd was for Auction at Lauritz.com some time
ago - and you can see more images of this piece on their website HERE





15 February 2016

Arabia Finland - Saara

I recently came across the striking design pictured in the first image here, by Arabia Finland. We don't get a lot of variety with Arabia designs here in Australia - so its great to find a design such as this.

It is "Saara" or "Sarah", and was produced c1971-1976. It's designer was Anja Jaatinen-Winquist (b1934 - ). Anja also designed "Paju", "Karelia","Kaira" and "Kalevala" in the same era.

Interestingly I found out doing this little bit of research, that the name "Kalevala" was used twice for different designs by Arabia Finland. The one we are most familiar with is the series of Christmas Plates with the same name, but the name Kalevala actually refers to an epic and important Finnish poem, which you can read the story of on THIS beautifully designed Japanese website/store.

Arabia Finland Saara



Anja worked at the Arabia factory for over 20 years, after graduating in 1955 from the Helsinki School of Applied Arts. At Arabia she created handmade decorative works for Arabia Studio in Stoneware, as well as several tableware designs. Some of these designs were in conjunction with her husband Peter Winquist (b 1941 - ) who also worked at the Arabia Factory as a designer 1967-1974.

Arabia Kalevala - Image from THIS beautiful Japanese website 

Arabia Karelia - Photo by ChomleyStreet on Etsy (Australia) 
Arabia Paju (Variation) , Photo by ChomleyStreet, Etsy, Australia 
Arabia Kaira - Photo by Norden Design shop, Netherlands, HERE