Bode Willumsen, 1895-1987, was born to an artist father J. F. Willumsen. He trained as a blacksmith but later went on to learn drawing at Bing and Grondahl and Royal Copenhagen. In the 1930s he began working in his own workshop but the shortage of materials during the war years caused him to close. He went back to his roots at Royal Copenhagen where in his early years there he used small human and animal figures to adorn his work. His primitive and rough glazes were executed expertly and revered. He ended his career concentrating on enameled copper.