Anne Grete Ploen was a prominent enamel artist in the mid-century period. This is one of her enamel on bronze bowls in a beautiful red colour with metalic highlights on the central design. It’s 23cms across and approximately 4cms high and has the original label on the back and is incised Anne Grete Ploen Norway.
From 1950 to 1965, Anne-Grete Ploen worked at her husband Erik Ploen’s pottery workshop. In 1965 she began experimenting with enamelling and soon became a self-taught specialist. She initially fired her works in a ceramic kiln, but in 1966 she bought a special enamel oven and had her first exhibition of her enamel works in 1967 at Maihaugen.
Initially she worked with earth colours on simple objects. Her first works show high technical and artistic quality, which characterizes all of her production. 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 as a consequence 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. She experimented with white enamel in the 1970s and in the 1980s stopped working with enamel due to poor heath.
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