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Bay Keramik (1933-1971?)
Started by Eduard Bay in 1933;   Bay was one of the top early companies with decors such as Florenz (1955), Rheims (1960), and Ravenna (1961).  Some sources claim that Bay stopped art pottery production in 1971, but that is inaccurate.  Also, while Bodo Mans was a major designer for Bay, many items online get attributed to Mans with no documentation.  Always look for confirmation, solid confirmation.

Description: Bay Keramik shape 64 shows how much the West German pottery companies liked embossed designs, especially with glyphs or archaic-looking, shamanic symbols. 
Bay Keramik Vase Shape 64 West German
                          pottery thumbnailBay used this pattern on a wide variety
of forms with several glaze variations, but this shape and matte glaze may be my favorite.

Height is about 10".

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Description: This double-bowled form 452 is modern in shape, but the glaze is much like some by Fulper or some Belgian companies in the 1920s and 30s.  This is also the most successful version of this glaze that I've seen.  The form is more likely to be found in all white (which I don't think works well at all on this shape). Bay Keramik vase 452 West German pottery
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Dimensions: Height about 7".


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

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Description:  This West German pottery vase was made by Bay Keramik in the late 1950s or very early 60s based on the decoration style.  Many of the Bay decors from this era are attributed to Bodo Bay
                        Keramik Vase shape 575 West German pottery
                        thumbnail mid century modernMans, often with no solid evidence.  As far as I've been able to track down so far, neither the decor name nor designer is yet known.  Still, it's a lovely item, light and soothing with a bit of Japanese Zen art influence.  These minimalist designs were done my several companies at this time, so they aren't hard to find, but the trick is in balance and proportions.  Most of this type are "nice", but they don't have the depth or enduring impact you get with ones like this example.  And note that the background isn't solid white but includes gray variations, another detail that moves this vase to a higher level.

Dimensions:   Height is about 10"

Price:  $125 plus shipping/insurance.  Shipping will vary depending on location, so contact us for a quote.

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

 
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Description: This Bay Keramik vase has fairly simple, clean lines with good proportions and just enough flair and variation to add interest in both the form and how the glaze flows.
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It features a strong but not harsh red glaze with a black and white to cream overglaze that varies in thickness and includes a bit of volcanic bubbling in the thickest, whitest areas.  Personally, I wouldn't quite call it fat lava, but it's moving in that direction.
Shape is number 66 and about 20cm.  I would guess late 60s for date of origin.


Dimensions: Height about 7 3/4".


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Description: The form on this Bückeburg vase makes me think a bit Art Deco, but the glaze is more modern and a visual treat.  It features a textured blue and white over a deep red Buckeburg vase thumbnail imagewith thick drops at the bottom.  It's powerful and at the very least uncommon, maybe rare.  There's a blue inkstamp mark underneath, hard to read but definitely Bückeburg.

Dimensions: Height about 8".

Condition:  good, but there are two chips right along the bottom edge.  Price is adjusted, but this remains a great vase that's hard to find in any condition.  Of course, all our sales are fully guaranteed.


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Carstens Tönnieshof (1945-1984)

The Carstens family was a major force in German pottery for many years, and before WWII, various Carstens companies produced excellent art pottery.  Those companies ended up on the Eastern side of the political split, and the names were changed.  Carstens Tonnieshof became the Western representative and carried on the family name.  The main designers included Trude Carstens, Gerda Heuckenroth, Heinz Seiry and A. Seide; quality is generally above average. 
Description: This Carstens vase features a bold, stylized flower (two...one on each "side") and brings to mind the Aegean line done by Poole Pottery in England. The vase probably Carstens Vase 7312 thumbnail West German
                      potterydates to about 1970. The flowers are outlined in black volcanic glaze with a thick volcanic primary glaze in earthtones.  It's a strong piece of Pop Art.

Dimensions: Height is about 12".

Price:  $145 plus shipping and insurance.  Shipping will depend on location.  Contact us for a quote.

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


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Description: The form and decoration for this vase are from the Carstens Ankara line, but this one was made in Australia by Braemore Pottery under an agreement with Carstens.  Carstens Braemore vase, Ankara glaze West
                        German pottery thumbnailThe teal background glaze is a distinctly different shade (more green) from those made by Carstens, but I'm not sure if this is true of all the Braemore Ankara items.  The initials are probably the artist who worked on this particular vase.

Dimensions: Height is about 9 3/4".


Price:  $75 plus shipping and insurance.  Shipping will depend on location.  Contact us for a quote.

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


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Description: This West German pottery vase is by Carstens Tönnieshof circa 1958.  As usual, the various textures don't come through well in pictures, but we have slightly raised Carstens West German Pottery Vase Shape 662white spots against the brown background and then the thicker applied slip/sqeezebag decoration.

Dimensions: Height is about 10 1/2".


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

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Description:  This West German pottery vase is Carstens shape M12, "Manila" decor designed by Heinz Siery, featuring a strong red top glaze with dark brown geometric images Carstens vase M 12 Manila decor by
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                                potteryrather like hieroglyphs. The textured surface has a symbiotic relationship with the glazes with the texture allowing the underglaze to show through, and that gives definition to the symbols. These embossed glyph designs became popular in the early 1960s, especially for Carstens and Bay.  It was also a time when square or otherwise angular forms became more popular, and the flat surface certainly shows the designs well.

Dimensions: Height is about 10".

Condition: very good with just a small flake on the bottom, almost invisible in normal position (as seen in photos).  Of course, all our sales are fully guaranteed.

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Description: This Carstens vase isn't quite tall enough to be a floor vase, but the overall form is strong, and the glaze makes a statement with the semi-matte orange base glaze and a thick pumice in a dark brown (near black) in spotty rings.  The dotted rings give it a machine-age style.

Shape/size is 7322-30 along with the Carstens "two-house TC" mark.  It also has an uncommon "UNI Cera exquisit" silver foil label, which is actually a retailer.


Dimensions: Height about 12".

Price:  $225 plus shipping and insurance.  Shipping will depend on location.  Contact us for a quote.

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

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Ceramano (1959?-1984)     Ceramano was specifically started in order to produce a higher quality ceramics, more like studio pottery, including some hand made items.  Quality is almost always above average, and items often include, country, company, and glaze name. Designers included Gerda Heuckenroth and Hanns Welling.
Ceramano Vase 274 West German pottery
                      thumbnailDescription This isn't a fancy shape, but it's a favorite because the lines and proportions are right, which you should expect from Ceramano.  This is shape 274 with Dolomit glaze.  The top glaze doesn't appear to be thick, but as happens on W. German pottery, the bottom ends of the drips are distinctly higher than the underglaze.

Dimensions:  
Height is about 6" and diameter about 7 1/2" counting handles.

Condition:
excellent with no damage and no repairs.


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Description Like many Ceramano forms, shape 574 is simple, relying mostly on line and proportion for its aesthetic impact.  This makes the form an excellent canvas for the glaze. Ceramano vase with Nubia glaze West German
                    Pottery thumbnail The Nubia glaze is black or brown so dark as to appear black with a mottled brown, slightly coppery top glaze, quiet and pleasing. Ceramano was usually a step above the average West German pottery, especially in glaze.  Nubia is one of the many glazes that shows up in a fairly wide number of variations, although with the same coloring.  While some Ceramano is hand made, this is one of the molded shapes. 

Dimensions:  
Height is about 4 1/2" and diameter at the shoulder about the same.

Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs.

Price: 
$65 plus shipping/insurance.


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Description: This small West German pottery vase is by Ceramano in the soft and subtle Island glaze. Don't let the softness fool you because this is a delightful glaze to Ceramano vase, Island glaze decor thumbnail
                      West German Potterycontemplate and more proof that there's more to West German pottery than just fat lava. Shape number is 242.

Dimensions: Height is about 5".


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


Price
:  $40 plus shipping and insurance.

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