Art Pottery & Art Glass
Marvelous mid century West Germany art pottery gourd shaped vase.
Fantastic brown glaze really makes this vintage vase stand out.
Dimensions 9" height x 7" width.
West German pottery has become a well-known secret: everyone knows it's there, but no one really knows quite what it is. Part of the problem is that we use the term West German pottery as if it meant something specific, even if we never knew what that specific was. In terms of history, it simply means pottery made beginning a few years after World War II (after the zones became defunct) and up until about 1989 with the tearing down of the Wall and the coming of reunification. In collecting terms, the primary era was from about 1954 until the mid or late 70's. During that stretch of just over 20 years, there were several dozen companies producing a wide array of pottery, including a dozen or more that should be considered major players. That adds up to a variety and quantity of forms, glazes, and combinations that may surpass any other 20 year period in any country.
Influenced by glass designs from Murano, some German potters began experimenting with more organic, often asymmetrical designs. This was driven primarily by studio potters (especially Richard Uhlemeyer and Richard Bampi) at first, but Rosenthal and a few others were introducing "modern" designs by 1950. But the explosion began in 1954 when Ruscha introduced form 313, an elegantly exaggerated pitcher form designed by Kurt Tschörner (also spelled Tschoerner). Showing much the same Bauhaus influence found in Roseville's Raymor line and much of the work from Russel Wright, the form was extremely successful and was produced with numerous glaze treatments for many years. Also in 1954, Ruscha introduced the decorations "Domino" and "Milano" with Bay Keramik introducing Florenz in 1955 and Remo in 1956. With Ruscha and Bay leading the way, the collectible West German era had begun.
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