Archive for the ‘ceramics’ Category

Tor Viking

Monday, September 17th, 2012

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collection of Tor Viking pottery designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Flint

We’ve just acquired a quantity of Figgjo Flint pottery. Someone got in touch when they saw us in the Homes & Antiques vintage Norwegian design feature. It had been lurking in a loft for many years.

collection of Tor Viking pottery designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Flint

It’s from the Tor Viking range designed by Turid “Turi” Gramstad Oliver. You can find out much more about Turi and some of her other designs in this Squidoo lens. There’s even an 11-minute video interview with Turi over on Vimeo – you’ll need to be able to understand Norwegian though!

detail of Tor Viking pottery mugs designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Flint

We plan on splitting up the set into cups & saucers, trios, sets of plates etc. when we list them in our shop. Get in touch soon if you’re interested in buying the lot!

P.S. Here’s all the other Figgjo Flint items we currently have in the H is for Home shop.

Bowled over by Stig!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

We’re saying a fond farewell to our gorgeous Stig Lindberg bowl in a few days. We bought it last year at auction and despite it being very tempting to keep hold of these items indefinitely, we have to make a living. So it’s up for sale!

detail from large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

It’s a stunning piece with blue band and black zig-zag design – hand decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden in the 1950s. Fully marked to the base with the artist’s distinctive markings.

detail from large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

We put most items on our own website, but we’ve decided to list this one on eBay. There are avid collectors of Scandinavian pottery from this era – and Stig Lindberg-designed examples in particular. It will reach a wide audience for collectors worldwide who are searching for him by name. If you’re a fellow fan, there’s still 4 days left of the auction.

We’ve enjoyed living with it for a while, but it’s just got a bid… so it looks like goodbye!

Mini Mugs

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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collection of pottery espresso mugs hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Following on from all the wonderful stuff in our recent Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair blog post, here’s some more hand crafted loveliness!

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Justin’s brother, Damian is a very skilled potter and he dropped off some of his new designs on a recent visit.

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Amongst them were these sweet espresso coffee mugs.

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

We love the tall narrow shape which still fits under most coffee machines and retains the heat of a small espresso very well.

He’s experimented with a few different glazes – various colours & textures – and they feel really good in the hand.

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 Small certainly is beautiful!

If you’ve got any favourites or feedback please leave a comment here. We’ll be sure to pass them on – Damian’s always interested to hear what people think – especially about new ideas!