I’m very pleased with my latest Scheurich 414. So much so, that I wanted to take some pictures showing off all 28 versions of the pot I now have:
In the grand scheme of things, it’s not really that many. Scheurich were one of the most prolific of the West German Pottery manufacturers, creating hundreds of different glazes. If I can get anywhere near fifty, I’ll be happy!
A very nice person we’ve met through Ebay has also promised to send me another 414 as a freebie. There was some kind of mix up with Aidan’s Ebay account, whereby Paypal strangely refunded the buyer’s payment without telling either of them! However, the buyer has sorted it all out and is sending the pot as a kind gesture. Very kind gesture in my eyes! When it arrives, naturally it will be posted up on here.
Aidan has headed off tonight for the latest trip to Germany. I’m unbelievably jealous that I’m not going… less said the better, really! He’ll have an amazing time, I’m sure. Just wish that I was sitting next to him in Wanda (the new Kangoo, you’ve not been formally introduced yet), singing along to Fleetwood Mac and spotting all the familar landmarks on the way down to Dover. Oh well, he needs to go on his own to see if it’s possible. If not, then we can’t really consider the business properly.
It’s dangerous leaving me on my own though. I’ve wrapped up five Ebay parcels; I’ve also just won some Topshop boots! Randomly bidding for stuff is a dangerous habit…
Hump day tomorrow. Can’t wait – bring on Friday!
- Some Scheurich Stunners (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- I thought I saw a Scheurich 414… (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- Daily Pottery Pic: Scheurich (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
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 already this time. It feels like the house is bare! Comparatively speaking, of course…
Here are some of the pieces we’re keeping this time:
This Otto pot is possibly one of the most unusual pieces of West German pottery we own: it looks like it’s made of metal, with thin lines of green-copper ‘cracks’ running through it.
Otto do make some lovely pottery. They always seem to have either a unique glaze, shape or colour to them. Some of our best pieces have come from this factory.
We seemed to find some altogether peculiar items this time. Though none perhaps as odd as this…
We bought this from a couple of women on a flea market who were rather bemused with our purchase! It’s certainly one of the more unusual pieces of West German pottery we’ve got. I think it’ll be staying with us for a while longer yet as it’s quite cheery looking in the bedroom.
This is the first Sgrafo piece we’ve ever come across. Honestly, having looked on the Pottery and Glass forum, I think it’ll be the only one we have. Can’t say I’ve been too keen on others I’ve seen on there…
Thank God it’s Friday! Hope everyone who’s had a tough week has the weekend they deserve. I’m already drinking a beer…
- West German Pottery Wall Hangings (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- From Spritzdekor to Madbrit: The Many Personas of Kevin Graham (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- West German Pottery Exhibition: June 18th 2011 (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
Yet another collection has been started as a result of the tripping to and fro from Deutschland: The Balloon Vases.
The latest one is this:
I wouldn’t recommend trying to tie these together on a piece of string, or popping them. However, you can try to make some good-looking displays:
I did say try to make some good pictures. You should know by now that my photography skills are not the best:
Possibly my worst attempt was this one:
I’m not sure why I share these rubbish photos sometimes!
My favourite one is probably either this newest one or the two larger ones. I remember how excited we were when we found the larger swirly-patterned one – it was from social warehouse place that felt like it hadn’t been touched in years. Another trip is booked in for April, so we’ll see if we can find any more then.
No words necessary (apart from these); just pretty pictures of perfectly proportioned pottery.
Aidan tells me that one’s a high form number for Scheurich, so there’s potential for it to be a later-made form.
That particular pot was amazing on the journey from Germany – it was like the ceramic equivalent of Mary Poppins’ carpet bag. We must have wrapped and stored about twenty other pots inside it!
Gorgeous, gorgeous glaze on that one.
Some people can be a bit snooty about Scheurich as it is one of the more recognisable factories now; it seems that the average person who’s just got into WGP flock towards Scheurich like magpies. It’s a bit like music lovers: they only like a band until it hits the main stream big time. Perhaps Scheurich is the Coldplay of the West German pottery world. Whatever. In my opinion, they still make some lovely glazes and attractive forms.
And let’s be honest – I bet we all bought a Scheurich vase for our first one…
- Scheurich Lora ‘Flame’ Glaze (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- Scheurich 414: Updating a Look (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- I thought I saw a Scheurich 414… (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
It has been a very strange start to the term to say the least… flooded classroom, mouse about the house… oh well, let’s forget it all by looking at pictures of pots. Lots and lots of pots.
Looks like they all need a dust, eh?
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 those things in my eyes), they aren’t just someone’s college project but made by a studio called ‘Hoy Töpferei’. Aidan has been researching the pots we brought back last time and thankfully, someone on the Pottery and Glass forum knew what they were. Hurrah!
We found another one on the last road trip:
Aidan’s selling the one above on Ebay at the moment. If you click the picture, you can have a look at the listing. Clearly, these are appreciated by more people than me as it’s got quite a few watchers. Get over there if you like the purpleness!
Neither of us are particularly up on our studio pottery, so it’s a definite learning curve. For the benefit of fellow collectors who may not know too much about the Hoy pottery, here are the bases:
Happy ’Hoy’ Hunting!
More attempts to take slightly better photos of pots:
This is what I think of as being as ‘Aidan’ style photo – put it on a jaunty angle and see what happens!
Love the glazes on these. They’re extremely bright and look fantastic with our other red and orange pots in the bedroom.
We’re off to Germany again this evening! I still have *a ton* of things to blog about from the last trip, so I’m going to try and do some catching up on it today. Really, I should be doing some work but I know what I’d rather do…
Confession time: Aidan’s birthday was in February… Admittedly, he was given these a couple of weeks after the event, but still that is fairly slack of me to only just be posting them up now. As they were his presents, Aidan has taken the pictures himself:
The Scheurich one is my favourite of the two. I think it looks like a sunset in a desert.
This one cause us some consternation initially, as neither of us could identify it:
The lovely folks at the Pottery and Glass forum managed to identify it us fairly rapidly as a Söndgen. I’d never even heard of the factory before! Shows there is still so much more for us to learn about these pots – I’m beginning to think it will be a neverending obsession…
Some of the information about the company (sources acknowledged):
- The company was founded in 1893 by Johann Peter Söndgen. It still exists today. (Pottery and Glass forum)
- The company was initially concerned with making salt-glazed stonewares of ‘Westerwälder’ origin. Westerwälder appears to be a mountain range in Germany, so presumably the clay came from somewhere near there. (Translated from Lavaguys)
- In 1949, production in the company changed over to Zierkeramik. Today, they still make modern ceramics of vases and pots. (Translated from Lavaguys)
- Zierkeramik now appears to be combined with Silberdistel.
Looking at the Silberdistel-Zierkeramik website, there are some early influences to be seen on their range of vases:
Does that look a little bit Steuler to anybody else? Well, at least one company is still trading. I genuinely wish that someone still made pots like the ones from the 60s and 70s. I’d be skint if they did, but how much would I love that?! I already dream about rooms filled with pots… that’s a little bit sad, actually. Perhaps I shouldn’t confess these things…!
I’ve been exceedingly slack on the blogging front recently. Usual excuse: work. I’m not going to comment any further as it occupies too much of my mind as it is.
On a more interesting front, I recently received this:
Shocking picture: I do apologise!!
Another Ebay purchase; I was a little disappointed when it arrived though. It had a tiny fleabite chip on the inside rim which wasn’t mentioned in the listening. The seller did knock me some money off though when I complained. Never mind… plenty more of them about. See this Ebay seller for example!
Clockwise from bottom left: Scheurich, unknown form (can’t read the bottom!); 549-21; 517-45; 549-21; and last but never least… 414-16. I don’t know what the glaze is called. Had a quick P&G forum trawl, but nothing so far. Will update when found.
The titchy one at the front is an unknown entity. The number is not only obscured but looks strangely stretched, making it impossible to read. Aidan found it in the loft on Sunday; I don’t even remember buying it. Big 517 came from Aidan’s dad. It is an oddly deformed pot, presumably done during the manufacturing process. It has a slightly flattened side to it and some strange, blue marks on it. The 414 was found in Morecambe last week (yay!) and the other two are also unknown surprises! One was found in the loft a couple of weeks ago, and who knows whether the other came from?
Is that the sign of a collector – when you can’t remember where everything came from? Or is a true and avid fan able to recall every fine detail and fact? Hmmm, something to ponder.