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    Posted 5 years ago

    vetraio50
    (712 items)

    A couple of days ago I came across this vase at Vinnies and it was whisked off back home to meet its bigger friend already posted here on CW. Up until now I had thought that the Lava Ceramics pieces were a design by Ragnar Kjartansson. I now am not so sure.

    The Glit Pottery LLC was founded on June 10, 1958 by Einar Eliasson, a businessman; Pétur Saemundsen, then head of the Federation of Icelandic Industries and later head of the Industrial Bank (Ithnatharbanki); and Ragnar Kjartansson, sculptor and ceramic artist.

    The pottery, operated at Othinsgata downtown Reykjavik until 1971, when the decision was made to expand the company and move its operations to Höfthi. The company’s time at Othnsgata is often referred to as the “Old Glit”, and the company as it operated at Höfthi called “The Big Glit.”

    What interests me about this new piece is that it does not have an impressed mark and signature. But it has an old label that reads "Iceland 1972". The label is in English and is not a factory label ... it looks like a gallery label. But it suggests a date of 1972.

    That puts this piece into the period called "The Big Glit".

    Going back over my research I've realised that this piece may well not be a design by Ragnar Kjartansson but rather a design by Gerhard Schwarz.

    In 2013 there was an exhibition of GLIT at Iceland's Museum of Design and Applied Art:

    A GLIMPSE OF GLIT (8.2. – 26.5. 2013)
    Production of Icelandic ceramic

    "The exhibition “A Glimpse of Glit” includes many items from the Pottery, both from Othinsgata (where operations lasted between 1958-1971) as well as from Höfthi. The company’s physical move reflected the changing emphasis of its production, as it took place at the same time as artistic direction shifted from Ragnar Kjartansson to the German ceramic artist Gerhard Schwarz, who took over in 1968."

    The quote above suggests to me that the Lava Ceramics pieces may well be the work of Schwarz rather than Kjartansson. The work in English and in Icelandic on the factory is pretty scant.

    Perhaps others may know more about these wares?

    I'm still waiting to come across a piece from the earlier period: Old Glit.

    But for the moment I want to know a bit more about Gerhard Schwarz. All I have been able to find out so far is that his period at Glit was from 1968 til 1973. The search for more information goes on .....

    The vase is 17 cm or 6.7" tall.

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      omg !!! so love these!!! stunning!!!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN !!!! The colour of this new one is very different!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks KYRATANGO !!!!!!!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks VLADIMIR !!!!!'
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin , I have noticed the color is different in the new one you have !!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks IVONNE, AGHCOLLECT & MIKELV !!!!!!
    7. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      I'm in awe. Of these vases and your research.
      GLIT were unknown to me but aren't they fantastic!
      True lava.
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Thanks KAREN !! The Germans have their lava glazes ... the Vallauris French their foams .... but the Icelanders used real lava! Dangerous stuff too! The pieces can be extremely sharp! How it is done I am not so sure. The pieces are wheel thrown. I'm supposing the shape is formed and then the lava is added to the surface. It would be far too dangerous to handle this stuff on a spinning wheel !!! To do so would rip your hands to pieces!

      Check out these three pieces I saw on the net. The blue vase is the most beautiful GLIT Lava I have seen! It is stunning! http://nannadis.com/blog/glit/
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks KAREN, GARY 'n VIOLETORANGE too
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks BLUNDERBUSS !!!!!
    11. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
      Beautiful! Looks like it comes from Pompei!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks DON !!!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks JEARVE !!!!!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks TREY !!!!!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY10456 !!!!!!!
      How are you mate ???
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks SMIATA !!!!!
    17. fledermaus fledermaus, 5 years ago
      WOW! These are fantastic forms textures and finishes.
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks FLEDERMAUS for your kind comments !!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks GARGOYLECOLLECTOR !!!!!!!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks HO2CULTCHA !!!!!!
    21. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      I love lava vases Vetraio, most notably ones by Charles Lotton, but these take lava to a different and definitely more authentic level! I love them!!!!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks RICK ... these lava pieces are really dangerous round glass !!!!
    23. Alan2310 Alan2310, 5 years ago
      HO kevin, very sorry i miss this one for some reason, vraiment un bel example LAVA Vase.
      That's remind me, i found few more beautiful W,Germany Pottery, i will have to post them soon, of coarse there nothing to compare with that one, but still pretty.
      Take care.
      Alan
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks ALAN !!!
      Look forward to seeing the German lava pieces !!!!!!!
    25. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      That blue one and your cranberry and bark ones would make a stunning group.
    26. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Oh I know why I thought so! Earth, that brown one, Water, the blue one, Fire, your red one. Yes, you will have to acquire a blue one. :)
    27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      I really want that blue one. It's amazing. Many thanks KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS !!!!!!!
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME !!!!!!
    29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks MARTY !!!!
    30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN & RADEGRUNDER too !!!!!!
    31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks TWENTIETHCENTURY !!!!!!
    32. Zowie Zowie, 5 years ago
      Not bad Kevin at all you have been getting a few vases of late or showing them any rate thanks
    33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks ZOWIE .... VASES HAVE I A FEW!!!
    34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks JEWELS !!!!!!
    35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks VIOLETORANGE !!!!!!!
    36. Zowie Zowie, 5 years ago
      I did once also all shapes & sizes colours & patterns they can have so many uses not just for flowers I hope you show some more. We finely have what looks like could be a dry day first in awhile but it keeps it nice & green. Stay safe good hunting & have a great day
    37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      You too Zowie .... just back from the Surry Hills Market monthly but nothing to show for it .... just some bad news about a couple of favourite stall holders who have passed recently.
    38. Zowie Zowie, 5 years ago
      That's never nice to here were they in a accident as I assume they are partners or am I wrong
    39. freiheit freiheit, 5 years ago
      I really, really love these ones!!!
    40. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks FREIHEIT 'n SARAHOFF !!!!!
    41. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY !!!!!
    42. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      i'm jealous of these! i want to find some like them. they're really so cool!
    43. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks MELIG, HO2CULTCHA & ANTIQUEROSE too !!!!
      I'm sure you'll find them in the States ... they are not often seen here in Oz !!!!!!
    44. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks COURTENAYANTIQUES !!!!!!!!
    45. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks AGOODWORKS !!!!!!
    46. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks MACDADDYRICO !!! !!! !!! !!!
    47. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks AURA !!!!!
    48. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      I think I know a bit more about these having bought another today.
    49. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks Thomas !!!!
    50. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Thanks THOMAS .... the new one adds the word 'LAVA' on the base ... I believe it is one of the later Schwarz pieces.

      Thanks for that love MIDNIGHT !!! !!! !!!
    51. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks MELANIEJ !!! !!! !!!
    52. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS !!!!!!!!
    53. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks ANNAB !!! !!! !!!
    54. Vintageforever Vintageforever, 4 years ago
      I have a vase with a design looks like yours. I think it's made by an art pottery student, not a Ragnar Kjartansson vase.
    55. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      I now think these vases are by Gerhard Schwarz, but am waiting for confirmation from others.
    56. courtenayantiques courtenayantiques, 4 years ago
      Love this piece! Interesting reading, thanks for sharing!
    57. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks COURTENAYANTIQUES & MARTIKA !!!! !!! !
    58. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks EFESGIRL !!! !!! !!!
    59. Christophersblues Christophersblues, 3 years ago
      This is an album I put together for Gilt Pottery, Thank you for all your information.

      https://www.facebook.com/christopher.brumfield/media_set?set=a.10155340014801348.1073741901.655416347&type=3&pnref=story
    60. VikingGirl VikingGirl, 3 years ago
      Thumbs up for icelandic lava :) have an ashtray and a vase my self
    61. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks CHRISTOPHERSBLUES & VIKINGGIRL !!!!!
    62. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks AURA !!!!!
    63. jymmyp, 3 years ago
      Very unusual !
      I Love it !

      Please find my personal collection here :
      https://www.3dgalleries.com/profile/fdb

    64. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks jymmyp ..... I'll have a look.
    65. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Many thanks NH10 !!! !! ! !! !!!
    66. Coopergirl Coopergirl, 2 years ago
      Gorgeous!
    67. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Many thanks COOPERGIRL !!!!
    68. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Many thanks WINDWALKER !!!!!!
    69. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL !!!!!!
    70. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE, HUNTERQLEE & BLAMMOAMMO !!.!!.!!
    71. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks NEWFLD !.!!.!.!!.!

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