Midweek Modness: Astrid Tjalk for Fyrbo Pendant


I found this beautiful bird pendant at the Value Village two weeks ago. It’s taken a little while to research because most of the info about its maker, the ceramicist Astrid Tjalk (née Larsen) is in Danish, a language that I know approximately three words in.

Tjalk was born in Denmark in 1925. In 1941 she moved to Copenhagen to study. After graduation, she got a job with a pottery called Kähler in Naestved (coincidentally where my brother-in-law Peter and his family live). In the 1955, she and her husband Tage Nielsen, took the work name Tjalk and started the Fyrbo pottery, where she gained a reputation for her abstracted animals and flora designs. Fyrbo was carried in departments stores across Denmark, Europe and even in the US.

Talk’s work is whimsical and fun. Unfortunately, I haven’t found much info about Tjalk after 1960. At least none that I can translate. She died in