4/20/11

WEST GERMAN POTTERY





















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.

5 comments:

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

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  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?

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  3. Other books on West/East German pottery are

    http://potteryandglass.forumandco.com/t9263-from-spritzdecor-to-fat-lava-volume-ii-wgp-by-kevin-james-graham

    http://potteryandglass.forumandco.com/t9262-west-east-german-pottery-marks-form-numbers-decors-vol-iii-by-kevin-james-graham

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

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