Where it All Began: A Retro Pottery Obsession

In exactly thirty five minutes, we will be setting off on our fourth trip to Germany in the last seven months. We’re hoping to return as laden down as always. As a nice little ‘fare thee well’, I thought I’d share this picture: We used to live in a tiny flat in Levenshulme when we first…

Six Days and Counting…

This time next week, we will probably be just pulling into the first of our Formule1 Hotels. Each time we’ve been to Germany, we’ve stayed in a Formule1 Hotel: they’re cheap, cheerful and have the best (and most powerful) modular showers I’ve ever seen. I’m still being lazy and stealing Aidan’s Ebay pictures of pottery…

Guess What? Yeah… more pottery…

More of the ‘Last of the Last’ – German pots remaining from our last German Roadtrip. Ten Days until the next trip… we’d probably be setting off at about this time as well! The odd thing about that ES pink pot is that the 9 on the base is the wrong way round. Not sure…

West German Pottery for Sale!

Scheurich 529-25 for sale here… We’ve booked our next Germany trip! Hurray! Aidan is nearly finished with selling the pots from the last trip on Ebay! Hurray! It’s our Eight Year Anniversary today! Hurray! Lots of things to be happy about. Buy it here… I don’t normally do any advertising, but I’m that excited about seeing…

Scheurich 414: Updating a Look

Regular readers will be aware of my obsession with the Scheurich 414 form. I currently have over twenty of them in different glazes perched atop a wooden blanket box in the bedroom. Some of you may not not know that many of the factories reused numbers and updated forms. Scheurich 414 is one of these…

Hoy Töpferei…

I put the ellipsis in the title because there’s a sad tale to these two pots: After the very first German Road Trip, they were rejected not only by us, but by Wowie Zowie. We all thought they were lumpy, badly thrown pieces of purple-painted clay. It turns out (while they still might be all of…

Otto Keramik

At some point this weekend, we’re going to decide which of the mammoth haul of pots we’re going to keep. This is going to be difficult: we like different ones and there are just so many to choose from; you can always see something of merit in each pot. We’re both decided on keeping these two…

From Germany to Glossop…

..Deutschland to Derbyshire. We’re back. The house is full. Aidan has just pointed out that I don’t really have time for a blog but I just can’t resist: the sheer scale of what we have returned with from this trip is phenomenal. Observe:   Note the glass head back right; at the moment, we think…

Scheurich 249 30

This was one of our favourite finds from the last German Road Trip. It was in one of the few vintage shops we found over there – very similar to Pop Boutique but an odd mixture of really cool stuff that was quite inexpensive, but then rubbish, really REALLY expensive things. Bizarre. Anyway, this was…

Cuboid Carstens

Some more keepers from the Germany Road Trip: These are made by Carstens; the larger one is marked M16/12 and the smaller white one is M14/10. The glaze is known as ‘Aztec’. These might be two of my favourites – at least for the moment, anyway! I’m still trying to work on my better photos, but…

Autumnal West German Pottery

[Left to right: Possible Carstens, Scheurich,  Scheurich] There is definitely a change in the air: the nights are drawing in and our garden is becoming covered with leaves of various red, brown and orange shades. If I was any kind of interior decorator, I might start changing my house to reflect the autumn season. But hold on,…

Silberdistel: West German Ceramics

During the last blog I wrote, I suddenly became very self-conscious about the fact that I was writing. I’d looked at my stats and found that over 1200 views had been counted last month and I suddenly thought, “Blimey, it’s not just me, Aidan and our parents that read this anymore!” I’m not sure why…