West German Pottery For Sale: Silberdistel, Steuler, Studio Pottery, Ü-Keramik, and Others

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Otto Keramik vase Gin-For's Odditiques
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Stein Keramik: 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.

Stein Keramik Vase Shape 4 Stein Keramik Vase Shape 4, detail photo Stein Keramik Vase Shape 4, bottom photo Stein Keramik Vase Shape 4

Price: $135 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 8". Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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Steuler

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. Most would put this into the fat lava catagory, although simply volcanic is likely more accurate. 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.

Steuler Vase 135, volcanic glaze Steuler Vase 135, volcanic glaze, bottom photo Steuler Vase 135, volcanic glaze

Price: $175 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 9 1/2" and diameter of about 4 1/2". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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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.

Steuler 303 Candleholder Steuler 303 Candleholder, mark photo Steuler 303 Candleholder

Price: $50 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 4". Condition: Excellent with no damage and no repairs. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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Studio Pottery

Identified studio items are listed alphabetically throughout the site. These are either unmarked items or ones where the signature hasn't been identified/attributed.

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.

Studio Vase, signed JT? Studio Vase, signed JT?r Studio Vase, signed JT?, signature photo Studio Vase, signed JT?

Price: $75 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 4 1/2". Condition: Excellent with no damage and no repairs. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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At one time, I attributed this unusual studio piece to van Daalen, which may be right, 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.

Purple Studio Pottery Vase Purple Studio Pottery Vase, detail Purple Studio Pottery Vase, bottom photo Purple Studio Pottery Vase

Price: $125 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 7". Condition: Excellent with no damage and no repairs. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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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.

Studio pottery Vase, orange glaze Studio pottery Vase, orange glaze, glaze detail Studio pottery Vase, orange glaze, bottom photo

Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 6 3/4". Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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Übelacker, Ü-Keramik

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.

Ü-Keramik Floor Vase 1439 Ü-Keramik Floor Vase 1439, detail photo Ü-Keramik Floor Vase 1439, bottom photo Ü-Keramik Floor Vase 1439

Price: $245 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 15 3/4", widest point is about 7 1/4", while the depth is about 6". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Unterstab: 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.

Unterstab vase with crystalline glaze Unterstab vase with crystalline glaze, detail photo Unterstab vase with crystalline glaze, mark photo Unterstab vase with crystalline glaze

Price: $145 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 7 1/4" and diameter of about 2 5/8". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Waechtersbach: 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.

Waectersbach Vase Shape 0206 Waectersbach Vase Shape 0206, detail photo Waectersbach Vase Shape 0206, mark photo Waectersbach Vase Shape 0206

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 5 3/4" and diameter of about 5". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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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.)

Waldershof porcelain vase Waldershof Vase, mark photo

Price: $60 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 9". Condition: Excellent with no damage and no repairs. Of course, all sales are fully guaranteed.

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