These beautiful, sculptural animals are from the Jonathan Adler Menagerie collection. The range includes jugs, butter dishes, salt & pepper pots, candleholders and various other receptacles and ornaments.
Swedish ceramic production has been dominated by 3 firms – Gustavsberg, Upsala-Ekeby and the subject of today’s blog… Rorstrand.
Pop series teapot by Inger Persson
Rorstrand is in fact, the 2nd oldest porcelain manufacturer in Europe, having been established in 1726. However, most of its early production was based on successful ranges developed by other factories.
Koka range by Hertha Bengston
The arrival of Alf Wallander as Art Director in 1895 was very significant. The factory began producing original, distinctive and innovative ceramics of its own.
Eden range by Marianne Westman
Rorstrand has attracted some of the most talented artists & designers of the day. Names such as Edward Hald, Louise Adelberg, Carl-Harry Stalhane, Hertha Bengston, Gunnar Nylund, Marianne Westman, Inger Persson and Bertil Vallien.
Stoneware ewers by Gunner Nylund
The mid-twentieth output is our own personal favourite – with its simple stoneware designs & informal tableware ranges such as Picknick and Eden.
Picknick serving tray
There have been various mergers & takeovers within Swedish ceramics – the ‘big three’ firms are today part of a single conglomerate – Designer Oy.
Granada pattern milk jug
Rorstrand is still producing great ceramics – take a look at their current designers & ranges.
Of the recent output we’re fond of the Grade tableware designed by Pia Torwell in 2000 – simple, functional & beautiful.
For more information about Rorstrand & Swedish ceramics in general check out the books listed below. They’re packed full of images!
Figgjo Flint is a Norwegian pottery company still producing today.
Our favourites of theirs are the folk art and landscape-inspired designs of the 1950s & 60s – ranges such as Lotte, Daisy, Sicilia and Market.
Tor Viking pattern egg cup and plate border detail
They incorporated mythical creatures, whimsical figures and stylised flowers.
Sicilia pattern plates
The motifs were used to decorate tableware, kitchen equipment and decorative objects such as bowls and wall plaques.
Pair of pottery sauce/milk pans
Detail of wall plaque designed by Rolf Frøyland
Daisy pattern tray (left) Berry and leaf patterned butter dish (right)
Various mergers have taken place under the Figgjo umbrella, significant amongst these was with Stavangerflint in 1968.
Stavangerflint June coffee set
Lots of our Flickr friends have lovely examples of this distinctive pottery. Have a look at them here.
The name Denby Pottery is synonymous with good quality, hard-wearing British tableware.
Potters Wheel (left) Ode (right)
It has to be admitted that there are a few, fairly drab ranges. But in amongst the company’s production there have been some outstanding designs.
Metal-handled teapot in the Chevron pattern. Designed by Gill Pemberton in 1961
We love the work of Gill Pemberton, also Glyn Colledge, David Yorath and Thelma Hague. The output during the twenty year period spanning the mid 50s to the mid 70s was particularly strong.
Studio bowl by Glyn Colledge
At their height, the designs were original and exciting in terms of both decoration and shape.
Fruit bowl in the Arabesque pattern. Another hugely successful Gill Pemberton design
The hard to find Trees pattern
Other highly collectable, popular ranges to look out for are Rondo, Stone and Teak, Gypsy, Westbury, Bokhara and Kismet.
To find out more about Denby designs, the following book is highly recommended – full of information and colour illustrations.