Happy New Year and 2011 in Review!

Happy New Year to all of my loyal and dedicated readers! Many thanks for making 2011 my most successful year on Little Owl Ski. One of the nice functions of WordPress is the yearly review they send to us. This year, it appears to have had a face lift: Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall…

A Lot On My Plate

I really wanted to title this post, ‘A Lot On My West German Pottery Plate’ but then I realised that two of the plates I’m featuring aren’t from the country, let alone the region… ne’er mind! This plate by Bjørn Wiinblad is part of the Rosenthal Studio Line. It’s tiny! I didn’t realise we had…

A Creature Feature

I don’t know what it is about animals and retro items – for some unknown reason, I just like anything that combines creatures and age. Usually, the more kitsch the better, but some of these would probably pass muster in more stylish homes. The penguin on the left was made by Mick Kirkby-Geddes (a.k.a. Metal…

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…

West German Pottery Exhibition: June 18th 2011

This looks to be a fantastic exhibition. Featuring – quite literally – more than just ‘Fat Lava’, the exhibition will feature unusual, rare and studio pottery. Details from the Pottery and Glass forum are below: More than Fat Lava Mid Century & Modern German Ceramics Puntwg Adres: M.v.B. Bastiaansestraat 15 1054 RS Amsterdam Exhibition to…

Scandinavian Glass

Yesterday, I posted up a few pictures of our fledgling glass collection. The wonderful folks over at the Pottery and Glass forum have identified a few of them for me. Vase 1462 Designer: Tamara Aladin For: Riihimäen Lasi, Finland This was identified by Sticknobills at the forum – seemingly a real font of knowledge on…

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…