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.
Andersen Design is an American Designer Craftsmen Studio established in 1952 on Southport Island, Maine, USA
Weston grew up on a farm in Iowa where he watched the farmers leaning against the fence rails sifted the soil through their hands. He met his wife, Brenda, in London where he was stationed in World War II.
The couple was part of the young New York designers movement of the 1950’s but took the less travelled path when they moved to Maine and set up their own slip-casting studio while their urban peers were designing for large companies which outsourced production. Andersen Design was started with the idealist vision of creating a hand made product affordable to the middle class. It was the age of plastics when the American middle class was in its fullest bloom.
This vase is a prototype design developed and executed by Brenda. There is a hand written masking tape label on which says “1977 Decorating Sample Do Not Sell”. The Andersen Design Studio is an authentic art studio which uses production as the medium of expression. The production process is that which makes the hand-crafted product affordable to a middle class. Brenda developed patterns which could be executed by others with the intent that each artist brings their own unique hand to bear. Each production piece is also an individualistic expression of the artist who interprets the archetype, created, in this case by Brenda. Brenda’s brushwork is assured, confident, and spontaneously free from self-consciousness. This pattern is called the Birch Tree Pattern, It was done on backgrounds of various pallets. The pallet on this vase is soft blue and gray, and white.,
The signature is a hand brushed AD in brown decorating color.
The Oval 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
Everything Andersen Design makes I begins with the raw materials of the earth and is hand made in the USA.
Andersen Design was started by Weston and Brenda Andersen in 1952. Our generation has the great honor and responsibility to guide it into the 21st century, maintaining while expanding upon its unique philosophy. What is that you say? Read on... Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries, by Susan Mackenzie Andersen
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