Seemingly being generally out of fashion after the boom of the 1960's and 1970's, West German pottery has been gaining massive popularity and a dedicated collector base that appreciates its style and eccentric aesthetic. Some of these ceramic pieces are hand-thrown while others are mass-produced stock shapes. Even stock shapes are made unique by the rough textures and the huge range of individual glazes. Size and shape can a petite three inches to well over a few feet tall for the larger floor vases.

Factories that produced these ceramic pieces include Baykeramik, Carstens, Dumler & Breiden, Jopeko, Roth, Ruscha, and Scheurich. Many are only marked with a serial number and often with German or W. Germany on the bottom making it difficult to determine the original designer or manufacturer. Fat Lava, a nickname for this eclectic pieces, references the thick pumice and lava-like glazing. Funnily, because of translation errors on the internet "thick pumice" became "fat lava".

A great book about these funky ceramic pieces is Fat Lava: West German Ceramics of the 1960s and 70s by Mark Hill.

These unique pieces have stayed relatively affordable and have gained a large following. They look great grouped and displayed as collections throughout the home.

We have a number of vintage West German pottery pieces available our Silver Lake retail location as well as the warehouse.

Check out our current availability right HERE.


  1. You've got some absolutely amazing pieces here! Really fantastic colours and glazes. Emma

  2. One of these pictures was from the Fat Lava II exhibition, another was from the pottery & glass forum and belongs to Alex Marks, and another is H is for Homes blog page photograph, did you have written permission to use these photographs?

  3. Other books on West/East German pottery are



  4. Stunning collections, really show the diversity and beauty of these ceramics!


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