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Fat Lava Pottery19 of 64KARBOWSKI.  FAT LAVA POT.Art Pottery, Volcanic Glaze Vase, Circa 1960-70
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    A whopping 18 inches tall.

    After the defeat of Nazi Germany, it took a few years to rebuild the German pottery industry. During its heyday from the 1950s until the 1970s, over 60 pottery studios were active in West Germany. Scheurich and Carstens were the most prolific producers.

    West German Art Pottery is well-known for its great variety of forms and expressive colors. Since the 2000s, ceramic collectors West German Art Pottery has become increasingly collectible, and the first books on the subject were published. Simultaneously, some major collections were put on display.

    The terms Fat Lava and West German Art Pottery are often used interchangeably, but technically have a different meaning. Fat Lava refers specifically to a type of thick glazes that gives the object a thick lava-like look. This type of glaze was commonly used in this period by German pottery manufacturers. The term Fat Lava itself though is of a much more recent date. It has been suggested that the term Fat Lava first emerged with an exhibition curated by Dr. Graham Cooley during the King's Lynn Arts Festival in 2006.

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    1. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Nice post. I'm pretty sure this one is not Scheurich and don't recall Carstons having that symbol. I also have been known to be wrong, maybe you can enlighten and clarify ;)

      Also, from here that almost looks like a floor vase ? Sure does have the Scheurich style...that symbols' got me tho. Really nice vase.
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      The maker of your pot:

      Carstens Tönnieshof (1945-1984)
      This was simply one of many pottery factories owned by members of the Carstens factory, but it's the primary one for art pottery during this era.

      When marked, Carstens has the "twin house" mark with a T over C in the middle. They used red clay, but some items were made in Austria and Australia and have white clay.

      Carstens items are of generally high quality. Their best rank with the very best with the majority of their work well into the above average range with few weak designs.
    3. Nuclearbungalow Nuclearbungalow, 5 years ago
      Thanks yes it is a floor vase. 18 inches tall. Another nice thrift store find.

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