Dansk, founded the 1950's, introduced the Scandinavian modern esthetic to tableware for the American home. Since then, Dansk has been known for clean, modern design in casual tableware.

I've been fortunate to have a long connection to Dansk- making  models of new designs, as well as designing two lines of Dansk dinnerware myself. 

For many years, I worked with Dansk staff designers as well as other freelance designers, creating representations of their ideas in plaster. I made many models of tableware shapes, (especially sculpted-pattern dinnerware), as well as master models for porcelain, stoneware, aluminum, and glass.

In 2002, design director Paul Thonis asked me to propose ideas for a dinnerware line with a handmade look and a subtle decorative treatment. I threw, on the potter's wheel, some 40 plates and numerous cups as design proposals. One theme was selected and I then designed the "Craft Colors" pattern, including dinnerware, serving pieces, and bakeware. 

In 2007, I proposed a dinnerware pattern based on a playful pattern that I originally developed as wall tile for L'esperance Tile. This became the "Cairo" pattern- I epecially like the square salad plates.

The two dinnerware lines are represented in the first four images below. The pictures after that show examples of models that I made of others' designs. 

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