Not deliberately patriotic, but still a pretty impressive collection all the same. All of these pots are for sale on Saturday. Even if you can’t make it, enjoy the pottery porn!
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 trip. I really do love the Ankara glaze. It was Stuart at Bygone Times who first introduced me to it. It’s not as showy as other WGP but there’s something refined and elegant about it that really appeals to me.
I’ve never seen an Ankara plant pot before. I just wish it was a bit bigger so that Vernon – the world’s largest Aloe Vera plant - could fit into it.
Now I have another pair:
You must know how happy that makes me by now…
Here’s the whole collection:
I need a new shelf for them!
There are a few variants of the Ankara glaze: I like them all! Still haven’t seen a red or… gasp… a yellow one in real life yet. But there’s still plenty of time yet. Hope you’re having a good Sunday. I’ll be offline for a couple of days until Ofsted have been and gone… wish me luck!
- Carstens ‘Ankara’ Pottery (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- Big Pot, Little Pot: Carstens (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- From Spritzdekor to Madbrit: The Many Personas of Kevin Graham (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
I did say a couple of posts back that we’d found another large Scheurich orange and brown bulbous vase, the same as one we got very excited about on our first ever trip; yet this time we were a bit ‘so what?’ about it.
Oh, was I a little bit too hasty in my judgement:
There’s a little bit of Father Ted style perspective going on in this picture, but one is definitely bigger than the other. Scheurich: the form is 486, the size is 48 for the large, 38 for the smaller.
So, I like them both again, now that one’s practically a baby of the other. Well, a smaller sibling at least.
In all their glory! Well, not quite all of them. Some bits and bobs were hiding behind me:
The two square ceramic wall hangings (four in each set, sun designs, red and blue – to make it clear which ones I mean!) were found within an hour of each other and *cough, cough* both by me. Which is a rare occurrence, I can tell you. My hunting style is a quick, excited whip round the shop seizing upon the brightest, boldest pieces like an over-exuberant magpie. Whilst Aidan is the proverbial tortoise: he takes his time and scours each shelf carefully, unearthing treasures that I’ve completely missed. He usually follows this up by pointing out that my find has a got a chip the size of my face on it. But not with these two; oh no! I found them fair and square. I take my small triumphs when I can.
It took a bit of persuading to get Aidan to agree to the giant, orange Scheurich at the back. However, I think he was mollified somewhat when he realised we could virtually fit the rest of the KA’s contents inside it. This is where the magical packing skills of the Holt family come into play. It’s a certain skill that only the men of that family have and has a strict set of rules:
- Don’t let anyone else touch the packing area. That means anyone.
- Tut and sigh: loudly and frequently.
- Eschew any usual forms of packing material, i.e., cardboard boxes or bags. Instead, use things such as the promotional materials from the nearest Lidl to cushion your carefully arranged items.
- Carefully arrange your items by constructing what appears to be a large, ceramic jigsaw.
- Pack pots inside pots inside pots inside pots inside pots… (you get the picture)
- Don’t let anyone touch the packing area. This is important enough to be reiterated.
There are more but you get the picture. Speaking of which:
One of the worrying aspects of these trips is that we are getting to the point where we are buying duplicates of previously bought pots. Whilst at one time we used to get excited by the mere hint of an orange, foamy glaze and couldn’t believe our luck at some of the finds, now we are actually, dare I say it, becoming a bit blase about some of them.
Take the bulbous brown and orange Scheurich in the picture above. We bought the exact same pot on our first ever trip to Germany, fairly early on in the holiday. We were ecstatic and couldn’t belive our luck at finding it. This time, we deliberated over it for about five minutes of whether it was worth buying again or not. We’ve still got the first one in our bedroom!
Is that all of my hastily taken shots done? I think it is. You may be interested to know just how we’ve managed to fit all of these in our house. Here are the current sites:
- The living room – on, inside, under and in front of the sideboard. In every corner. On and in front of the hearth.
- The kitchen – on and under the kitchen table. On top of the bookcase in there.
- The bedroom – inside, in front of and besides the laundry box. In every corner.
- The bathroom – on top of the weird sticky out bit that goes over the stairs.
- The spare room – on top of and in front of a set of shelves.
Yes, we are probably the only people in existence who store West German Pottery in the bathroom.
Aidan is currently in the process of photographing and cataloguing all of the pots. I intend to steal his pictures and post them up as he goes along.
Enjoy this one as a sneak preview (I’m into these at the moment):
This is Clara Belle. Isn’t she a stunner?
My parents gave this to us as an early Christmas present and we love her! She’s taken pride of place on the sideboard, next to the giant Carstens lamp. Believe it or not, she is actually marked as 701 W.Germany. Neither of us have ever seen anything like this from a West German manufacturer… an internet search has yielded nothing so I’m hoping one of my readers may know something more.
The head was christened Clara Belle by my mum; she thinks it looks like me in 1930s pottery form! I suppose it does a bit: slightly orange hair, green eyes, lipstick. I might try out the look at Christmas at some point. I presume she would have been used as a display head in a shop.
But who made her? How old is she?
A quest is on!
Unfortunately, it has decided to bucket it down with rain today. We had planned to do a car boot sale this morning; car was packed and ready to go. However, waking up to rain at 6am put paid to that idea and the usual Sunday morning lounging was resumed!
I do have some bits and bobs from a previous car boot sale that I haven’t yet shared. Whilst I’m sure you’re not interested in the Game Boy Color (why didn’t they rechristen it ‘Colour’ in Britain?) I bought for Ebay, there were a few interesting pieces to be found – both with a 1950s theme:
Firstly, a cute little set of egg cups in a basket:
This item is a sore point between Aidan and I! He once saw one at a car boot sale, but I wouldn’t let him buy it as I thought it was junk. He then found one on Ebay which sold for a silly amount; subsequently, he’s found, bought and sold others for equally silly amounts. I can see their appeal, but I don’t think I’d like one in my house – therefore, this one will also be making an appearance on Ebay! We never know what to call them though, as we don’t really know much about them. Usually, they’re listed as Tretchikoff style as they do seem to be reminiscent of that era.
We’re saving up at the moment for a road trip to Germany – hence the constant carbooting and Ebay selling. We’ve booked our ferries and have asked on the Pottery and Glass forum for recommendations of where to go/what to do. People are very generous with their knowledge, so we already have some ideas about the trip. Hopefully, we’ll be able to come back with a (Ford KA) car full of West German pots and other retro delights!
I’ve been on a conference this weekend for Recently Qualified Teachers (i.e., if you’re in your second year of teaching). It has reinspired me! I’ve had a happy – and possibly sad – half hour searching for ICT tools on the web. This is the result of playing around with an old favourite:
This is a ‘Wordle’ - you paste in an amount of text and it counts how many times words are used to create a ‘word cloud’. I pasted in the text from my West German Pottery Collection entry, played around with the settings and ta da! West German Wordle heaven. It’s a great tool for English teachers – try putting in the Poems from Other Cultures, especially Limbo – but probably not much interest to anyone else…
After nearly three weeks of waiting, Aidan’s first purchase from German Ebay is here:
I think it’s safe to say that this one is stunning.
Aidan won this for 9 Euros. It’s in perfect condition with its original label on the front. According to the Mark Hill book, the label is a 1970s-80s one. However, Pip’s Trips attributes it to the 60s. Over to the Pottery and Glass Forum to ask…
It’s probably a little early in the year for a story about a little donkey, but I have to introduce the two new additions to the Italian donkey family.
The tale (tail) of my donkeys begins a few months ago. I found a very strange, retro looking ceramic donkey at a car boot sale in Stafford. 50p was paid (ha, Aidan!) and the donkey was purchased. I placed the donkey on Ebay: it sold for over £6.00! I was surprised to say the least… Alas, disaster struck and I very foolishly sent the donkey severly underwrapped and it smashed in the post.
Fast forward a few months, and, once again in Stafford, I found another donkey very similar to the first. Feeling sorry for the original purchase’s demise, I bought that one as a way of making amends. And lo: another collection was begun. I posted on here a couple of weeks back about the miniature one I found in Glossop. And on Saturday, I found another two – the little beauties above and below!
I don’t know what it is about them that appeals to me. I love the fact that they are so kitsch looking, but a year ago I would probably have sneered and said, “No way!” at the thought of a collection of them. Yet… times do change and you start to see things in a different light.
Anyway, me being me, I like to get to know about these things. I have googled and searched Ebay listings, trawled the fabulous Pottery and Glass forum; however, the only real mention I’ve been able to find of these anywhere has been here. Even this has been scant, really. So far, I’ve discovered that:
- The names associated with them are Vietri, Richard Doelker, Enzo Caruso, Liguori and Procida (thanks to aforementioned blog).
- They are known as ‘Ciucci’ which presumably is Italian for donkey.
- They mostly seem to be collected by Americans; subsequently many for sale on Ebay are coming from America.
And that is really it… disappointingly little. I’ll keep looking and I’ll make the obligatory plea for help over at the Pottery and Glass forum. If anybody does have any more information about these cheeky chaps, let me know via the comments.