consists of Ginny and Forrest Poston. I'm the one
being used as a cat cushion in the pictures above.
Ginny has the more refined picture. I wanted
top billing, but Forgin didn't seem to have quite
the right ring to it somehow.
The odditiques part comes
from our taste for unusual items, some just
uncommon, others that are different in form or
color. (Oddities combined with antiques equals
Odditiques.) I also like clean, classic
lines when they're well done, but sometimes I've
just got to have some eye-popping color, or form
that goes in unexpected, somehow pleasing,
directions. As you might guess, that's what
led to our interest in West German pottery.
When we started attending auctions in 1991, I bid on anything bright and cheap. I didn't know the difference between grand, gaudy, and garish. Since those were the days when we were buying box lots for a couple of dollars, it wasn't too much of a problem.
Ginny got one of her undergraduate degrees (I
married a triple major.) in art before going on to
Art History in graduate school. She also has
eyes that often see colors differently---one eye
picking up warmer shades than the other, which has
made her particularly aware of color variations.
After hearing her say, "You bought what" or
"You paid how much" often enough, I finally
learned to see, not just look.
I finally realized that something can be colorful, even gaudy, without being garish. I'm getting better at the difference between a piece that catches your eye and one that brings your eye back for long looks. The best are the pieces that make you smile when you enter the room, even though that piece has been on that same shelf for years.
can't tell you what you'll find on our site at any
given time. Sure, there will be
American art pottery and American art glass, the
things so popular in our country, but there will
also be European art pottery, European art glass,
dinnerware, metalware from all over, paintings,
etchings, most anything that one or both of us
looks at and goes, "Oh, yeah" or "Mine, mine, all
mine" (Daffy Duck/Bugs Bunny).
We buy from numerous
sources. In addition to local auctions, I
still roam to auctions and shops from Illinois to
Ohio, and I pick up some neat oddities with some
quirky searches on the internet. With luck,
we'll have new items every few days, just so
you'll have to keep dropping in.
You'll find at least one cat pictured on every
page. You'll also find them featured on the
"staff" page and the "Cor-purr-ate Story". The
four included in our main picture are Sergeant
Major (in the lap), Lady Selena (front center),
Lancelot (with his tail draped over the Lady), and
Triscuit keeping himself above the fray. We lost
the "Mister Cat"(Sergeant Major) and Lady within
two months of each other.
After that, we added Glyph,
also known as Glyph-the-Destroyer, who at about 6
months old managed to crack the toilet and the
sink in one leap. Some people find the cats
"unprofessional," but we prefer a more relaxed,
personal approach to everything, including
business. It doesn't mean we are any less
careful in our selections or other business
side, Ginny teaches Art History and Humanities at
the University of Southern
Indiana. Given the chance, I teach
college level English (20th century literature and
composition), but my tendency to give preference
to students over procedure seems to bother people,
usually just one administrator, but one's
enough. We're both still writing
dissertations that should have been finished long,
long ago and hoping for an eventual return to the
Given my special talent for bringing out latent insecurities in college administrators, that may take us a while yet. I do most of the buying, so some of the items you see here will prove my sometimes odd tastes. While Ginny's taste is typically better, she does go for peculiar choices at times, too. Well, she did marry me, after all.
Experience: We started as collectors back in
1991 and became dealers when the house and
garage were filled from boxlots about a year
later. We started selling online back when eBay
was small enough that you could browse the
entire pottery section in a couple of hours. You
can check our eBay feedback under the user name
ginfor. The antiques are a hobby when I'm
also teaching and full time otherwise, most of
Over the years, I've
published a few stories in Antique Week and one
each in the Journal of the American Art Pottery
Association and Northeastern. Three of the
essays about W. German pottery are among those
included on this site. In 2008 and the
beginning of 2009, we were mentioned in
conjunction with West German pottery in "House
Beautiful", "Country Living", "Metropolitan Home",
and "Antique Roadshow Insider". I also wrote
the "West German pottery entry for the 2012
edition of Warman's Guide to Collecting Antiques
and Collectibles". There are assorted other
things if you go looking.
On my Philosophy and Nonsense site, you can read more of my essays plus some poems. While many of the essays focus on writing and education, there are also stories about how much the universe sometimes bends to help, and how I could still mess it up, meeting a fairy-god princess at Hollywood Video, and a variety of other subjects.If you have any questions, just get in touch. You'll find contact information in the right-hand column. Thanks for dropping by, and please stroll through more of the site. Next time, bring friends. One thing about websites is that there's plenty of room.
Forrest D. Poston
German Pottery For Sale
West German pottery listed by company
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Other Items for Sale
Paintings, prints, etc.
729 N. Sonntag Ave.
Evansville, IN 47712
Examples From the Past
A West German vase by Scheurich (We currently specialize in W. German pottery and have led the way in that field since about 1995.)
Belgian art pottery signed Alexandre
Watercolor portrait by Frank Allen
Hadeland Glass sculpture
Unattributed vase adapting a Leger painting
Landseer lion by John Derbyshire
German Pottery For Sale
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and Information About West German Pottery
West German Pottery: Art Therapy for an Entire Country
Introduction to Lava/Volcanic Glazes on West German Pottery
Gramann, Römhild: Notes on Glazes and Forms (East German Pottery)
Collecting West German Pottery
West German Pottery: Marks, Companies, Designers
Thoughts About Values of West German Pottery
West German Pottery Research Gallery (previously sold items)
Videos About West German Pottery (and more)
West German Pottery News and Updates
for Sale (Other than West German Pottery)
Metal and Misc.
Paintings and Prints
Pottery and Porcelain
To Buy or Not to Buy: Going Where the Price Guides End
The Art of Attending Auctions
Tiffanyfakes.com: Review of a Problematic Site
Us and Contact Information
Meet Our "Staff"
Some Things Just Because
The Cor-purrate Story: Glyph's Rise to Power
The Wolf at the Door: A Tribute to "Fractured Fairy Tales"
Farewell Tribute to a Special Staff Member: The Cat with a Bucket List