Original Vintage Prototype Stein in Blue and White Stripes by Weston Neil Andersen
an Andersen classic. This stein is probably the original prototype. It is
signed on the bottom with a hand scripted “Andersen”, painted in blue
decorating color against a background circle glazed in white.
signature on glazed background indicating that the work was created early on, before
the glazed background was dropped for production reasons.
Before Weston designed the prototypes for individual pieces, he made many
sketches of a complete line of functional forms on any piece of paper handy,
including napkins from road side diners, This is likely the original prototype
of the stein because he wasn’t thinking about brand identity when he signed it
in simple script with his last name.
stein, shown with it in some pictures, the idea of a brand identity, complete
with a logo, began to evolve as Weston started to sign his work with “A”
instead of “Andersen” The way the signature on this stein is written in fluid
decorating color, makes it difficult to determine if the spelling is “Anderson”
or “Andersen”, but I interpret it to be “Anderson”. The changing of the
spelling from the Swedish spelling to the Danish spelling indicates the thought
process at work in developing a brand identity. Weston’s ancestors are Danish.
The decision to use the ancestral spelling of his last name is an integral
acknowledgement of who he is and how he came to be here in the grander scope of
The stein is shown with second stein made around the same time. The second
stein is signed with an “A’ on an unglazed background. In the early fifties
Andersen Design was called Ceramics by Anderson.
|The year was actually 1952|
be produced. The cast is thin and the stein is taller than the second stein
shown with it. The difference in length has to do with a longer grinding process
used on the lip of the second stein so that it is not only shorter but it does
not flair out as much as in the original prototype.
moment in history and a perfect example of the prototypical form of the classic
Andersen Design Blue striped stein, all hand-made and decorated by, Weston Neil
Andersen Design is an American Designer Craftsmen Studio established by Weston
and Brenda Andersen in 1952 on Southport Island, Maine, USA. The studio was
started with a philosophy of creating hand crafted products affordable to the
middle class. Andersen Design remained an American made ceramic studio when
most of the western ceramic industry moved production to foreign labor markets
and competed successfully in a market flooded with foreign made imports,
producing a hand-made art product affordable to the middle class. Andersen
Design stands as a singular American original design company taking a unique
alternative path during an era of global transformation.