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(Ginny and Forrest Poston's Oddities and Antiques)

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Bay Keramik, Carstens, Ceramano, 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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Bay Keramik vase shape 64, West German potteryBay Keramik vase shape 64, West German potteryBay Keramik vase shape 64, West German potteryBay Keramik: The West German pottery designers liked using archaic, folk, or mythic images, and those at Bay were no exception. This bird and snowflake shows up on a variety of shapes and with many glazes, but this is the best combo I've seen. The glaze is a mottled matte blue with mottled glossy amber/brown bands, a style that could fit in easily with an Arts & Crafts collection.

Size: Height is about 10".

Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance.

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                Keramik shape 452, West German PotteryBay Keramik shape 452, West German potteryBay
                Keramik Shape 452 glaze detail, West German pottery Bay
                Keramik shape 452 mark, West German pottery

Bay Keramik:

This West German pottery double vase was made by Bay Keramik in the 1960's, but the glaze is a throwback to work done by Belgian companies or even Fulper from the 1920's and 30's. The shape is 452. You can find it in a plain white, but this glaze is hard to find, and this is a particularly good example.

Size: Height is about 7".

Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance.

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                Keramik shape 575, base photo, West German PotteryBay
                Keramik Vase Shape 575, detail photo with labelBay Keramik Vase Shape 575, West German Pottery Bay Keramik: 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 Mans, 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.

Price: $125 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 10".

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Bay Keramik Vase Shape 66, West German potteryBay Keramik Vase shape 66, mark photo, West German
                PotteryBay Keramik vase shape 66, glaze detail, West
                German Pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 66, West German potteryBay Keramik: 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. 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.

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Size: Height is about 7 3/4".

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Buckeburg vase, chips, West German PotteryBückeburg vase, mark photo, West German pottery Bückeburg vase, West German pottery Bückeburg vase, West German pottery Bückeburg vase, West German pottery Bückeburg: 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 with 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.

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Size: Height is about 8".

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Carstens Vase Shape 7312, mark photo, West German
                potteryCarstens vase shape 7312, West German potteryCarstens Vase Shape 7312, glaze detail, West German
                pottery Carstens vase shape 7312, West German potteryCarstens: 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 dates 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. Shape number is 7312.

Price: $145 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 12".

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Braemore Ankara for Carstens, mark photoBraemore Ankara vase for Carstens, glaze detailBraemore vase with Ankara glaze, for CarstensCarstens: 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. The 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.

Price: $75 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 9 3/4".

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Carstens shape 662, base photo, West German
                potteryCarstens vase shape 662, West German potteryCarstens vase 662, glaze detail, West German
                pottery Carstens West German pottery vase shape 662
                potteryCarstens: 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 white spots against the brown background and then the thicker applied slip/sqeezebag decoration.

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Size: Height is about 10 1/2".

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Carstens vase M-12, Manila decor detail photo, West
                German potteryCarstens West German pottery vase M-12, Manila
                potteryCarstens: 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 rather 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.

Price: SOLD

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Size: Height is about 10".

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Carstens vase 7322, mark photo, West German
                potteryCarstens 7322, retailer label, West German potteryCarstens West German pottery vase shape 7322 Carstens West German pottery vase shape 7322Carstens: 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

Price: $225 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 12".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Ceramano vase shape 274, dolomit glaze, mark photo,
                West German potteryCeramano with Dolomit glaze, glaze detail, West
                German potteryCeramano West German pottery shape 274 with Dolomit
                glaze Ceramano West German pottery shape 274 with Dolomit
                glazeCeramano: 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.

Price: $125 plus shipping and insurance.

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

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Ceramano vase, Nubia glaze, mark photoGlaze detail, Ceramano Nubia, West German potteryCeramano vase with Nubia glaze Ceramano: 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. 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.

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 4 1/2" with about the same diameter at the shoulder.

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Ceramano vase, Island glaze, mark photoCeramano vase, Island glaze detail photoCeramano vase with Island glaze Ceramano vase with Island glaze, West German
                potteryCeramano: 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 contemplate and more proof that there's more to West German pottery than just fat lava. Shape number is 242.

Price: $40 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 5".

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