The Road Less Travelled
You may be accustomed to finding our traditional line, priced to be affordable to the middle class. We would love to be making it and also to be teaching others how to make our line but, alas, we do not currently have a production and training studio. To raise funds for a studio we are putting our vintage collection of rare, one of a kind and original design prototypes on the market. To learn more, follow our blog, Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries. We love this process and are committed to seeing it continue for the benefit of future makers.
Design is an American Designer Craftsmen Studio established in 1952 on
Southport Island, Maine, USA by Weston and Brenda Andersen.
This vase is a prototype pattern created and executed by Brenda in the birch
tree pattern on a blue green background, Brenda developed patterns that were
repeated by other artisans as part of the production process. The original pattern
was a loose archetype intended to be given individual expression by the hand of
the artists who rendered the pattern but to be identifiable as an idea which
could be ordered by the customer as a repeatable pattern. Many a customer took
their time in deciding which unique rendition was the one that most spoke to
Nash was raised in London. She was sent on scholarship to the Royal College of
Art. Brenda was working for a photographer when she met a young American
soldier, Weston Neil Andersen, at a ballroom dance, in London during WWII.
war the couple returned to New York where Weston resumed his college education
at Pratt Institute where he learned slip casting under Eva Zeisel.
couple was part of the young New York designer’s movement of the 1950’s. Weston
and Brenda took a unique path when they moved to Maine and set up their own
slip-casting studio, leaving behind their urban peers who were designing for
large companies which outsourced production. Andersen Design was started with a
vision to creating a hand-made product affordable to the middle class. It was
the age of plastics when the American middle class was golden.
developed many prototype decorative approaches to decorating the forms designed
by Weston. This vase is a prototype design developed and executed by Brenda likely
in the 1980’s. It’s color pallet is deep green, blue, white and gray. Brenda’s hand
is lyrical, confident and free flowing. This pattern is called the Birch Tree
signature is a hand brushed AD in brown decorating color. There is a firing
crack on the bottom of the vase which goes slightly up the side which causes
the vase to leak water. The glaze inside the vase has many pinholes. The vase
is a beautiful example of Brenda’s decorative exuberance,
column vase was designed by Weston. We call it the 49 Vase because that is the
number it was given. It is slip cast in white stone ware and is 9 inches tall.
The form is a flattened oval cylinder. Weston also designed the decorating
colors and glaze
Andersen Design makes begins with the raw materials of the earth and is hand-made
in the USA.
90 Knickerbocker Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537
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