The latest batch of Ebay sales came from my parents. Last year, my dad and sister did their own mini German road trip and came back with a few West German Pots of their own. I bought a couple from them, including a gorgeous Italian dish and an amazing Schaffenacker piece. This week, Aidan was selling some of their other pieces:
The sales have already ended now, but it’s always worth a look anyway. If you want to see what else Aidan has for sale – ending next week – just click here. If you happen to spot one of your new purchases in the pictures above, say hello! Always lovely to find out where the pots have gone to.
Apologies for the lack of blogging recently – far too much to do with the house and work. Hopefully, the end (as far as work is concerned) is in sight. I cannot wait for that final GCSE exam to be done! As much as I’ll miss my two year Eleven classes, I’ll definitely enjoy the extra free periods I get in return. More blogging will ensue at that point, I promise.
Time for a bit of self promotion, I think. I don’t do this very often, as he has his own website, but I do like to show off some of Aidan’s pottery every now and then. Tonight he’s uploading some more lovely pots and as he’s spent this entire Easter weekend doing essential D.I.Y. to our house, the least I can do is help promote his business. Feast your eyes on the West German pottery below and if you fancy bidding on any, make sure you click on his Ebay link here.
This is one of my favourite times of the year. Once half term is over, it’s the countdown to Christmas, Halloween and Bonfire Night. There’s something about the smell in the air at this time of year: crisp, leafy, smoky… it reminds me of walking to school as a teenager, wrapped up in my thick navy school-coat and school scarf. Actually, that doesn’t sound too different from what I’m still doing now – only the colour of the scarf has changed!
Last year, I really enjoyed making an autumn display with pottery in the appropriate colours, garnished with a few pumpkins, unusual-coloured squash, twigs and dried chestnut cases. Something about West German Pottery… it lends itself so easily to a themed display; a result of the multitude of colours and cacophony of glazes.
Tomorrow morning we’re off down to Devon for a week. I am fully intending to do not much more than walking, relaxing in front of a log fire whilst reading and drinking red wine. I’ve already got my stash of books prepared…
- The Fabulous Fifties in Pottery (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- A Lot On My Plate (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
Not all West German pottery is gaudy and ostentatious. Some of it is subtle, muted even and, in many cases, all the more beautiful for it.
- West German Pottery Floor Vases (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- Sunshine and Lightness Here… Really (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- A Grey Day – The West German Pottery Way (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
Some of the most amazing pieces of pottery we have are the floor vases. Unfortunately, we just can’t keep them all as some of them are over 50cms.
I’m getting quite excited about tomorrow now. So much so that I’m finding it difficult to concentrate on my work today. I’m ‘supposed’ to be writing an essay about Creative Teaching and Learning… what I’m actually doing is looking at lots of pictures of West German pottery and reading retro and vintage blogs. Ah well, it’s all research… of sorts.
- More West German Pottery for Sale (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- West German Pottery Sale (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
On the spur of the moment (i.e., we realised just how much stuff we’d brought back from Germany this time and panicked!), we’ve decided to have a West German Pottery sale at our house this Saturday, 27th August. We’ll be throwing open the doors to our tiny terrace from 10 til 5. We live in Glossop, which is halfway between Manchester and Sheffield, so anybody willing to travel to there is more than welcome to come along and have a look:
These are just a few photos to show the chaos and the sorting of the pottery. Virtually everything you see in the pictures will be for sale. We’ve got the grand task of photographing and pricing up everything before Saturday.
If you’re interested in coming along, please leave me a comment with your email address. I won’t approve it – so no-one else will see your details, but I will send you an email with information about Saturday: where we are etc.
Hopefully it’ll all look a bit more organised by the weekend!
By the time you read this, we will be in Deutschland, hopefully on our way to collecting a car full of retro goodies! Whilst you (eagerly?) await our return, feast your eyes on some of my favourites from the last trip:
Fingers crossed we come back with some equally as amazing stuff. ..
Despite the title of this post, I’ve actually had two pretty good days, busy but productive. I’m referring to the weather with the title! Rain, drizzle, precipitation… whatever you want to call it; it has rained, rained and rained today. I left early yesterday morning with some gigantic parcels in tow to post before going to a house second viewing (exciting!), but alas! The Post Office was closed due to a power failure in the Glossop Co-op which is where it’s situated. Having lugged the parcels that far, they then had to come to the house viewing with me, causing eyebrows to be raised. Following that, they had to be taken back home due to a lack of power still… my arms were certainly aching by the time they finally got posted later yesterday afternoon. Today, it’s yet another grey, overcast day…
Anyway, because of the manky weather, I thought I’d do a grey, black and white themed pottery post. And also because it’s one of the few combinations of colours that I’ve not featured yet.
It’s quite a process to go through all of these and add the names and makers to each picture. We’re leaving for Germany this evening, so if I get chance then I’ll do some more. Otherwise, I’ll have to keep coming back to it! If you happen to know the maker in the meantime, feel free to click the image and leave a comment. Share and share alike, I think!
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 third one so far (not counting the two I had two years ago…); today I managed hill starts, emergency stops, drove to Buxton, parallel parking, turning, up to fourth gear and back down again. However, I was feeling quite tired and stalled a few times which made me cross. I kept forgetting to put it back into first when I’d come to a stop. Anyway, the short story is: I’m tired. So the run and marking of year 7 assessments is not going to happen. What will now happen is a bath and some Heroes in bed. Ah, but first I have to actually make the bed… I know it’s early and I really don’t care! Night all…
Now, I’m writing this in advance, so it might very well not be sunny by the time it’s published. I don’t care. At this moment in time, I’m feeling much happier so it’s all about colours to reflect that mood.
Teacher’s strike aside, I’ve got two devolved INSET days… in Basic English, this means I’ve got a five day weekend starting this morning. First stop: Manchester to get some accessories to go with my ‘thrifted’ (to pinch the Aussie/American parlance) Monsoon dress ready for the wedding we’re going to this weekend. I also need new makeup, shoes and a weekend bag. Then, later today I’m signed up to a knitting course at the Smithy Studios in Glossop. Friday morning… don’t talk to me about Friday morning… Oh, O.K… I’ve got a driving lesson. I’m a bit scared. The less said the better. Weekend = posh wedding at Lumley Castle (good luck Sarah and Matt!). Monday – day tripping somewhere with the Holtster.
So yeah, all in all, I’m quite happy.