Designer Desire: Laila Zink

Mosaic of Laila Zink designs | H is for Home

Earlier this week, we discovered the designs of Laila Zink (1915-1999) whilst researching the identity of the designer who created a large pottery charger that we’d bought at the flea market. She worked for pottery manufacturers Kupittaan Savi based in Finland. Her work is very distinctive – stylised folk art figures, flowers and landscapes. The elongated facial features and almond shaped eyes of the ladies (and it does usually seem to be ladies) are instantly recognisable. Her pieces are all hand painted and very individual.

We couldn’t find out much information about either her or Kupittaan Savi. A book has been written about the company… however it’s in Finnish. Her work isn’t very commonplace however, there are currently a few examples available on Etsy and eBay.

Portrait of Laila Zinkcredit

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Bukowskis | Pinterest

A mysterious gentlewoman

Vintage platter with hand-painted gentlewoman illustration by Laila Zink for Finnish manufacturer Kupittaan Savi | H is for Home

This lovely large pottery charger was one of our more interesting finds last week.

Vintage platter with hand-painted gentlewoman illustration | H is for Home

We were wondering how to describe the subject matter. An elegantly dressed gentlewoman we figured – contemplating the day at the tea table with her cut flower and songbird.

Detail of a vintage platter with hand-painted gentlewoman illustration | H is for Home

It’s beautifully hand-painted and despite the piece being signed front and back, the artist was initially a mystery. But after some research, we’ve solved it! It’s the work of Laila Zink (1915-1999) for Finnish manufacturer Kupittaan Savi and dates from the 1950s/60s. It’s always good to keep learning!

Signature on a vintage platter with hand-painted gentlewoman illustration | H is for Home

It measures 36cm x 30cm and has holes to the reverse for hanging. It certainly makes for a very striking piece of midcentury modern wall art. She’ll be coming to our web shop very soon, but first dibs to our blog readers – priced at £175.

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Keith Brymer Jones Word egg cups with eggs | H is for Home

Easter is only a fortnight away and this month’s competition is very apt. We have a gift boxed set of Keith Brymer Jones ‘Word’ egg cups for one of our readers to win. The egg cups are hand-stamped with the well-known conundrum, “What came first the chicken or the egg”.

Keith Brymer Jones Word egg cups set box with blue eggs | H is for Home

Keith Brymer Jones is, alongside Kate Malone, the oft-tearful judge of The Great Pottery Throw Down – he gets so emotional about his craft. We loved watching the last series that ended last week – you can still catch up on the iPlayer.

Keith Brymer Jones Word egg cups with boiled egg | H is for Home

Each piece is hand finished and is part of his extensive ‘Word’ range which includes, amongst other items, mugs, plates, bowls, teapots, butter dishes… and even pet feeding bowls.

To win the egg cup set, leave us a comment below saying how you like your eggs!

Set of Keith Brymer Jones egg cups

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Designer Desire: Carol Cutler

Selection of Carol Cutler designs for Poole Pottery | H is for Home

Carol Cutler has been on our radar from well before we even began trading as H is for Home. We used to collect Delphis design Poole Pottery and our favourite paintress has always been Carol Cutler (her married name was Kellett).

The more Delphis you see, the more you can immediately recognise Cutler’s designs. She often used lots of circular patterns and motifs that look like insects’ eyes or nut kernels. During her long career at Poole Pottery, she also worked on other ranges such as Aegean and Atlantis.

Delphis is surprisingly affordable and can always be found to buy online. We sometimes have the odd piece in stock and eBay and Etsy usually have plates, vases and dishes available.

Additional image credits: My Potshots | Robs Poole Pottery

Designer Desire: Katrin Moye

Mosaic of Katrin Moye designs | H is for Home

We met Katrin Moye when she was exhibiting at The British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate when we (and she) were just starting out about a decade ago. We can’t believe that we haven’t featured her work on our blog before.

We fell in love at first sight with her folk art, Scandinavian-inspired slipware ceramics. We wanted to stock her work but she told us that she was already booked up with orders for the next year!

She doesn’t have a huge output as all her work is handmade and, as you can see, the decorative detailing is painstaking. If you’re interested in buying her work some of her limited-edition prints can be bought on Made By Hand online or you can contact her via her Facebook page for orders or commissions.

She exhibits regularly (she’ll be at The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey in June) where she sells her work. In May, she begins an artist-in-residence programme at Nottingham Lakeside Arts where she’ll be running workshops.

Portrait of Katrin Moyecredit

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Ainscough Contemporary Art |Made by Hand Online |

Designer Desire: Stig Lindberg

Mosaic of Stig Lindberg designs | H is for Home

I can’t believe it’s taken us so many months to feature Stig Lindberg in our Designer Desire series. He’s one of our favourite mid century modern designers… and he would have turned 100 this year! We’ve had a mere sprinkling of his work in our possession over the years.

He worked at Gustavsberg from 1937 – being made Art Director in 1949 – until 1957 when he left for 13 years to become a university lecturer. He rejoined the company for a decade until 1980, two years before his death in Italy of a heart attack.

Although he is most well known for being a ceramic designer, he has successfully tried his hand at lots of other media and artforms including enamelware, plastics, glass, children’s book illustration, textile design and product design. He designed items as wide-ranging as an enamel barbecue to a plastic citrus press, a money box in the shape of a Scottie dog to a large sculptural copper fountain.

There have been a few books written about Stig Lindberg but they a fairly rare and therefore quite pricey. I dream of finding one languishing idly on a charity shop bookshelf… or even better, one of the ones he himself illustrated!

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eBay | Etsy | 1st Dibs | Kirk Modern