Glorious Glazes

I’ve just been looking at our vast collection of pots and thinking about how varied the glazes can be. Now, these pots are not necessarily my favourites (though some of them definitely are!) – it was more a case of what was close to hand! Like I said, not all of these are favourites but they…

The Latest Delivery from Germany

I know I’m fairly easily pleased, but the latest batch that Aidan’s brought back from Germany contains some of his best finds yet. Here’s a quick ‘preview’ of some of it: Check out the plastic bin at the front! We’ve got a book on Plastic Collectables, so I’d asked Aidan to keep his eyes open…

Green, green, green…

My favourite colour ever! Yet for some reason, many people don’t like it; particularly in their retro pottery. I love it. So this is a Green Feast of West German pottery, just for me: I had many grand plans of what I was going to accomplish this evening. Driving lesson went relatively well. It’s my…

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…

‘More Than Fat Lava’ West German Pottery Exhibition

I’m flying off to Amsterdam tomorrow night to go to this: And I’m a little bit excited. For about £100, I’m flying out with Easyjet and staying in a very budget hotel near to the airport. Saturday morning, I’m going to have a wander around Amsterdam before meeting Aidan to visit the ‘More than Fat…

Bits and Bobs from Bygone Times

I’ve mentioned it before, but if you’ve never been you really should make a trip up to Bygone Times near Chorley. Not only does it have one of the biggest collections of West German Pottery I’ve ever seen in one place, but the rest of it is also worth a really good look round. There’s…

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…

Funny Friday: Otto and Sgrafo

As seems to be the case, the West German pottery that we decide to keep often gets blogged about last. Because some of the stuff we sell shifts so quickly, I often write about it before it’s disappeared from my memory. Unfortunately (for my little blog), Aidan’s managed to shift so many of the pots…

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…

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 –…