Anne Grete Ploen was a prominent enamel artist in across the 1960s and 1970s. This is one of her enamel on bronze chargers. It’s a dark burnished colour with coppery gold details in the central design. It’s 28cms across and has an original label on the back as well as being incised Anne Grete Ploen Norway.
for fifteen years until 1965, Anne-Grete Ploen worked at her husband Erik Ploen’s pottery workshop, she then began experimenting with enamelling and soon became a self-taught specialist. She initially fired her works in a ceramic kiln and in 1966, bought a special enamel oven. She went on to her first exhibition of her enamel works in 1967 at Maihaugen.
to start with she worked with earth colours on simple objects. Her first works show high technical and artistic quality, which characterizes all of her production, but in the mid-1970s, the earth colours were replaced by dark saturated colours such as blue, violet and deep red, often with contrasting gold decorations. The shape of the objects became softer and the decoration became more expressive and imaginative.
The metallic and gold colours were obtained by using copper and enamel materials and consequently she has never used gold foil on her enamels. She experimented with white enamel in the 1970s and in the 1980s stopped working with enamel due to poor heath.
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