And More West German

West German Modernist Ceramics (LEO Design)

Here we show a pair of West German pitchers—each from “a different side of the tracks.” The piece in front, made by Stein in the 1960’s or 1970’s, is part of a large production run. The base shape would have been glazed in a great many color (or textural) options—in this instance, a dark mossy green covered with a mint foam.  While crafted in a modern, industrial factory, the glazing is meant to convey a “controlled organic randomness” and it does so quite successfully.

The second pitcher, behind the first, is truly a studio piece—heavy, crude, and full of hand-made charm.  It might have been made by a child or grown-up “naive artist” and it might have been made 50 years or 5 months ago.  Nevertheless, its edgy Martian-like glaze really captivates me.  It is just the opposite of a commercial, production effort.

These pieces are part of a group of newly-acquired European pottery now in-store.  Please come into the shop to see the full assortment.

More newly-acquired art pottery tomorrow.