I N G E R   W A A G E   -   E N G L I S H   S U M M A R Y

This summary is an excerpt of a Power Point Presentation made by Jan Gjerde, Stavanger.

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Inger Waage, 1923 - 1995 

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Managing director Sigurd Jensen, artist Inger Waage, and head of design Kåre B. Fjeldsaa discussing a design. Photo probably from the mid 60s. 

Inger Waages works can be divided in to five main categories: 


H A N D   P A I N T E D   O B J E C T S    O F   A P P L I E D   A R T S




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From around 1955 the demand for Inger Waages designs boomed. The ”I.W-department” expanded from two to ten assistant painters. Her colleagues admired her and liked her for the empathetic and polite way of leading her team and in cooperation with other departments.


O B J E C T S   F R O M   O T H E R   P R I V A T E   C O L L E C T I O N S

Private collection I.


Private collection II. 

Private collection III. 




Private collection IV. 




Private collection V. 



A well known Inger Waage motives. 




The most popular Inger Waage motives.




Non figurative motives.




S T A V A N G E R F L I N T   A R C H I V E S







Some of these objects are not known in collections.  They might be proposals or "one off" objects.








These objects are without the glossy glazing.




F O R M S   A N D   D E C O R


( Photo: Ole ) 


Most hand painted objects from Inger Waage have numbers painted on the reverse side, (example 73 -122).  The first number represents the form, the second the decor.



Many of the objects from Inger Waage are a combination of silkscreen and handpainting. 

The number of different objects and motives shows that Inger Waage was a very productive artist. 


F L O W E R   P O W E R   F O R M   T H E   S E V E N T I E S




O N E   O F F   O B J E C T S


One off objects by Inger Waage are difficult to come across.  Most of them are proposals that were rejected for production for one reason or another, but some of them have survived.  Other objects are gifts for special occations made by order or as presents from Inger waage to colleagues and friends.


I N G E R   W A A G E`S   O W N   P O T T E R Y


Inger Waage had her own pottery in Stavanger from 1946 to 1952.  These objects are from that period.


F O R   M O R E   T H A N   3 0   Y E A R S

The candle holder is from Inger Waage`s own pottery from the 40`s.  The plate is by Inger Waage at Figgjo Fajanse - Stavangerflint AS from the 70`s.  It is a impressive timespan of 30 years.

If you compare you will find the same figures and colors in the objects from the 40`s, 50`s, 60`s and 70`s.  The two plates are from the 50`s and the small object with flower design is from the 60`s.


T I M E   I S   M O N E Y

In 1959 there was introduced time measuring studies also on handpainted objects.  The result of this was that many of the designs were a combination of an outline printed on the bisque (silkscreen) and handpainting.


T H E   A R T I S T   I N G E R   W A A G E

A typical Inger Waage drawing with here favorite motives.




( Photo: Ole ) 

From among her most renowned designs by Inger Waage are: “Flamingo –Bambus”.  “Bambus” is represented at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. Form: Kåre B. Fjeldsaa.

Inger Waage is best known for her hand painted decorative objects of art and they have become the most sought after objects amongst collectors. But she was on the payroll of an industrial venture, which, like all others, had to compete in the marketplace and meet the customers changing preferences, as the supply of tableware and other industrial ceramic products reached the level of demand and even surpassed it in the mid 50s. 

She has designed at least 25 tableware decors.


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Development of new tableware designs was teamwork in the meeting point of artistry, marketing, production and chemical science. Every new design represented a risk for the company.


T H E   "M O D E L M A K E R"   I N G E R   W A A G E  


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Thorbjørn Feyling (left) was the first head of design at Stavangerflint from 1949. I 1955 he was followed by Eystein Sandnes (in the centre). Stanley Salvesen, (right) was leader of the form-makers. Inger Waage was a central member of the design-team, but only occasionally made her own forms, often by modifying standard forms.


S T A V A N G E R F L I N T   A S

Stavangerflint AS was established 28. October 1946.


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Start of production1949 at Hillevåg, Stavanger. Part of the industrial complex was a former military camp constructed under the Second World War in 1940 by the Germans.


T H E   M A N A G I N G   D I R E C T O R




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Mr. Trygve Brekke (1908 –1994) was trained as an engineer in industrial production of pottery, earthenware, faience, stoneware and porcelain.


The managing director and founder of Stavangerflint from 1949 to 1963, Mr. Trygve Brekke, gave Inger Waage the practical and moral support and facilities to develop her artistic talent. She was employed from 1953. From 1955 she was recognised by the market to such a degree that the company had to expand the production capacity of hand painted objects by establishing an “I.W department”, with up to ten assistant artists to cope with the orders from the UK, USA and other countries.

The hand painted designs of Inger Waage - I.W. - had appeal, especially outside Norway. For this reason objects signed I.W. or Inger Waage are easier for today’s collectors to come across in the UK, USA, Canada, Denmark and Sweden, than in Norway, except maybe in the Stavanger area. 

Notice the two objects of arts at the desk. The vase has a well known decor by Inger Waage, the plate is by Kari Nyquist.