West German Pottery: Autumnal Colours


There is a definite chill in the air now and that lovely October feeling is starting to steal over me. I adore this time of year: Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night, leaves falling from the trees, woolly scarves and hats, mulled wine. Although we’re still decorating like mad – which means I can’t create my usual Autumn display with West German Pottery, conkers, twigs and pumpkins – I can still select and show off some of the more seasonally-coloured pottery we’ve collected over the years.

Carstens - Autumnal West German Pottery

Dumler & Breiden Autumnal West German Pottery

Scheurich Autumnal West German Pottery

We’re hoping to get the majority of the decorating done this week; finishing just before we go off on holiday for a week. Perhaps when we come back I can create some kind of display for Hallowe’n. It’d be lovely to get some of these pieces of pottery out and use them. I feel like they’ve been boxed away for so long!

Suggestions for West German Pottery decorative uses:

  • Go for a long walk and collect twigs of varying lengths and crooked shapes. Place inside tall, thin pots as they are or spray paint gold or black for a more Hallowe’en-like effect.
  • WGP dishes can hold conkers, both shells and the nuts; dried orange peel and cloves
  • Select pumpkin shaped pots to make a display on a sideboard – Scheurich balloon vases are good for this. Intersperse with real pumpkins and squashes.
  • For a Hallowe’en party, choose dark coloured pots and cover them with fake cobwebs.
  • Use your rumtopf or D&B Saturn punch bowl to hold mulled wine – you never know when you’ll need a cupful!

Please leave any further suggestions for Autumnal decorative ideas in the comments – how are you going to use your pottery this season?

Halloween 2010
Halloween 2010

Our display from a couple of years ago… Our friend, Dan, is trying to light his first ever carved pumpkin. Cobwebbed and be-twigged pottery provide the background to his sex-pumpkin!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Clare says:

    mmmm all that lovely orange, red and brown. I love it! The sexpumpkin is hilarious

  2. Pippa says:

    A very impressive collection, I’m in the season of spring here in Australia, so it would be my blue and yellow WG pots on display, for me! 🙂

  3. Kylie says:

    Hi, I’m so glad you left a comment on my Uncle Arthur post because it led me to your awesome blog. I collect handsome Germans too, but my collection is quite small because I only buy from op-shops (thrift) or garage sales. W.G. pottery is very expensive here in Australia. Even small, dreary pieces. I know I’m going to enjoy reading more of your blog, oh and I love that teeny-tiny cardie you knitted x

    1. littleowlski says:

      Hi, thanks for the lovely comment! I’ve heard that it’s much more difficult to get hold of in Australia. Such a shame! Have you tried the West German Pottery group on facebook? It’s got quite a few members and a few of us sell privately through that to Australia and America, as well as on Ebay. I loved your blog; it’s brilliant when I find one that has the same taste and sense of humour as me! x

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