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Gin-For's Odditiques

(Ginny and Forrest Poston's Oddities and Antiques)

West German Pottery Page Five

Stein, Steuler, Studio Pottery, Ü-Keramk, and Others

The East, West German pottery era was unlike anything seen before or since, switching from the literal explosions of World War II to the explosion of creativity compensating for decades of artistic repression and responding to anger and despair with color and whimsy. The politicians may try to tear us apart, but the artists bring us together and hold us together. Aesthetics heal almost as well as a cat's purr. Never let the politicians take it away. At Gin-For's Odditiques, we specialize in above average, harder to find East and West German pottery from companies such as Bay Keramik, Carstens, Ceramano, Dümler & Breiden, ES Keramik, Fohr, Gramann Römhild, Marzi & Remy, Otto Keramik, Ruscha, Scheurich, Silberdistel, Ü-Keramik and many others. We also try to have a clue what we're talking about. We can tell Carstens from Scheurich, and we know a hawk from a handsaw no matter which way the wind is blowing. If you love the large Blenko Glass items, consider W. German pottery floor vases as a ceramic complement to get compliments. (Cats and batteries not included.)

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Stein Keramik, base photo, West German Pottery Stein Keramik vase, glaze detail Stein Keramik vase Stein Keramk, West German pottery vaseStein: Shape 4 is one of several shapes that was long attributed to Jopeko but recently re-attributed to Stein Keramik, previously thought to be a small player in the WG game. These new attributions switch some very popular shapes and glazes to Stein, and this marbled green glaze is one of the best, similar to the Monterey Jade glaze known on some California pottery...but a bit more complex. Despite some slightly thick drips, I wouldn't qualify this as fat lava.....and some of you already know I'm careful about further abusing that poor, overworked phrase.

Size: Height is about 8".

Price: $145 plus shipping and insurance.

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Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs. Of course, all our sales are fully guaranteed.

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Steuler vase, base photoSteuler vaseSteuler vase with mug for perspectiveSteuler: This Steuler shape 135 25 is an excellent example of how detail makes a difference, and in this case, it's that sloped shoulder that turns an okay form into one with much more interest and grace. The size and form make a great presentation with the orange over brown volcanic glaze with large, rounded (not sharp) craters. The shape is probably a Cari Zalloni design, but I haven't confirmed that. The glaze would likely be a bit later than the form.

Size: Height is about 9 1/2" and diameter of about 4 1/2"..

Price: $175 plus shipping and insurance.

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Steuler Continua candle holder, mark photoSteuler candle holderSteuler Continua candleholderSteuler: This West German pottery candle holder is part of the Continua line designed by Cari Zalloni for Steuler. The glaze would go very nicely with an Arts and Crafts collection, similar to some by Fulper. Height on this one is about 4". It was also done in a 10" version (maybe others). Date is circa 1961.

Price: $50 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height about 4".

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Studio Pottery signed JT, signature photo Studio Pottery signed JT Studio Pottery vase signed JT Studio Pottery vase signed JT Studio: This studio pottery vase is probably German, but the time period is uncertain. The style suggests that it could pre-WWI, Bauhaus era, but it could also be circa 1970. The only way to be certain would be by identifying the signature, but I've had no luck there. One letter is a J (probably), and the other could be a T, an F, or something else. The J is the top letter (last one incised), which suggests that it's the surname. The vase is handthrown with a soft but quietly complex glaze and a fairly light weight.

Price: $75 plus shipping/insurance.

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Size: Height is about 4 1/2".

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Purple studio pottery, base photoPurple studio pottery, detail photo Purple studio pottery vasePurple studio potteryStudio: At one time, a attributed this unusual studio piece to van Daalen, but there's really just not a lot to go on. It's hand thrown with an applied handle and a powerful purple, slightly curdled glaze, not a piece that you're going to find very often whoever made it.

Dimensions: Height about 7".

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Price: $145 plus shipping and insurance.

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Studio pottery vase, base photoStudio pottery vase, glaze detail Studio pottery vase, glaze detail Studio: This vase is handmade and European, possibly German. The clay is dark brown/red, and the glaze is an intriguing orange, nicely varied and with a glittery quality that doesn't come through well in the photos. Coloring is more consistent top to bottom than in the photos, which created a dark curved area....illusion. Orange and red uranium-based glazes were popular in German pottery, especially before WW-II, and based on appearance, I suspect this is an example of that type.

Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 6 3/4".

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Ü-Keramik floor vase, base photoÜ-Keramik floor vase, glaze detailÜ-Keramik floor vaseÜ-Keramik floor vaseUebelacher: You can find a glaze of this type from Bay and at least one other company in addition to this example from Ü-Keramik, but none qualify as common, and finding one in this size is quite uncommon. The base glaze is a strong orange with a fat, slightly volcanic top glaze in white with gray tones. Given the coloring, it's more like fat glacier than fat lava, striking no matter what name you come up with. The shape is slightly ovoid rather than round, and the shape number is 1439.

Price: $245 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 15 3/4", widest point is about 7 1/4", while the depth is about 6".

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Unterstab vase, mark photoUnterstab vase, detailUnterstab vaseUnterstabUnterstab: Form and glaze are both wonderful on this Ralf Unterstab vase. The shade of blue is striking on its own, even more when the crystalline quality shows. The vase has the KTU mark, which stands for Kunsttüpferei Unterstab, which translates to simply Unterstab Art Pottery. The mark was once improperly attributed to Kerstin Unterstab.....who doesn't actually exist. Just how such an attribution came about is a mystery of its own.

Price: $150 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 7 1/4" and diameter of about 2 5/8".

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Waechtersbach vase, mark photoWaechtersbach vase, detail photoWaechtersbach vaseWaechtersbach vaseWaechtersbach: This is shape 0206 from Waechtersbach featuring a red over black volcanic glaze. The craters are small, smooth-edged and irregular in shape, ranging from circular to linear....with the linear craters at the lower level. The vase has the Waechtersbach shield mark as well as the shape number 0206.

Dimensions: Heights is about 5 3/4" and diameter of about 5".

Condition: is excellent with no damage and no repairs. All sales are fully guaranteed.

Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance.

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Waldershof vase, mark photo Waldershof vase Waldershof: This Op-Art porcelain vase was made by Waldershof in W. Germany, circa 1970. This version captures several aesthetic aspects from that era, particularly with the mix of textures. The all-white versions of German porcelain are currently best known, largely due to a surge in popularity around 2005, but most forms were also done in some intriguing color combinations, such as these highlights of green and silver. (Waldershof Porcelain closed in 1977.)

Dimensions: Height is about 9".

Condition: very good, but there is a minor glaze flaw in the lower band....see detail photo. Of course, all sales are fully guaranteed.

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance.

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