I’m Feeling Blue…

I miss my blog. The computer is completely messed up so I’m writing this with it working in safe mode. Whoever the horrendous idiot is who created the Windows Vista Recovery virus: shame on you. Why release something like that? Until the PC is fixed, we’re not uploading any pictures to it; nor are we…

Much More Than Fat Lava… Amsterdam Exhibition 2011

This wasn’t a first in the world of West German Pottery, but the More than Fat Lava exhibition in Amsterdam certainly felt like it to me. I’ll let the pictures do the talking about the pottery – there were some fantastic pieces mixed in with, as has been pointed out elsewhere, more familiar glazes, forms…

60s Spage Age West German Pottery

We’ve been experiencing internet issues here. On Wednesday, a mysterious BT engineer appeared, fiddled around with the telephone mast and disappeared. Internet and phone went down. Thursday, he reappeared, told Aidan that all of the lines had been swapped over on the street and everyone was receiving their neighbour’s calls. Now as we’re not with…

New Carstens Ankara Pottery

This is take two for this post. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that I tried to write about my gorgeous Carstens Ankara earlier in the week. Unfortunately, the WordPress gremlins were out to play so it all messed up. Fingers crossed for this time round! These are all new ones bought on the last…

The Ebay Blitz on West German Pottery!

Aidan has uploaded a massive amount of pots onto his Ebay account. If you’ve not done so already, go and check out some of the gorgeous pots he has for sale. Look for them here… There are more, including some lovely Roth and Scheurich pieces. But can I find the pictures for them within Aidan’s…

No Fat Lava Here…

Sometimes West German Pottery doesn’t have to be a multi-coloured froth of glaze: ocherous with burnt orange, violaceous with amaranthine or rubescent with flame reds. Sometimes it can be sleek. Refined. Restrained in it’s perfect, poised design. Scheurich  

People, Animals and Pottery

I have discovered the names of two new phobias today: Polyphobia and Tapinophobia. Polyphobia is the fear of many things and Tapinophobia is the fear of small objects. Imagine anyone with either of those coming into my house! Isn’t there something somewhere that says that humans are obsessed with themselves (unless they’ve got autophobia –…

From Spritzdekor to Madbrit: The Many Personas of Kevin Graham

“I have collected things before: fast cars, fast motorcycles and even faster women…” Kevin Graham certainly lives up to his nickname of Madbrit. I knew before I began that interviewing him was going to be an interesting experience. Certainly, I hoped that I would be able to get at least as much sense as I…

Big Pot, Little Pot: Carstens

I’m loving a bit of ‘Big Pot, Little Pot’ at the moment, having realise just how many different BPLPs we have in the collection. From yesterday’s 50’s Scheurich, to 60’s Space Age Carsten: The glaze on these is gorgeous. Just look at it: Love ’em. It may be the wine, it may be the fact…

Carstens ‘Ankara’ Pottery

One of my favourite pots from previous trips is my black Carstens Ankara. I was thrilled to find another one on the last trip in a different form: And with the original find: I love the bright, turquoise glaze inside. The Ankara glaze seems quite fragile on these vases. We’ve got a couple of the…

Space Age Pottery for a Soggy Saturday

I’m probably completely out with my dates and perception of when these pots were produced, but… they look so space age to me: This one cost the grand sum of 12 Euros on, I think, the last trip to Germany. I think it could be an engine, or maybe a transistor of my pottery rocket?…