New European Ceramics – part IV

Ruscha Modernist Covered Ceramic Urn (LEO Design)

While there are many things I like to buy, two things make me extra-happy:  nice pieces of pottery with earthy, crusty, red glazing and lidded vessels, suitable for holding one’s precious possessions.  The piece above ticks both of these boxes.

Made by Ruscha (West Germany) in the 1960’s, there’s a satisfying voluptuousness to the piece—with its graduated, round orbs.  And the glaze is so beautifully-rendered, I am compelled to reach-out and touch it whenever I see it. Interestingly, Ruscha (and their ceramicist Otto Gerharz) was at the forefront of developing the thick, crusty, dripping glazes (in the 1950’s) which are so-much-associated with West German Modernist ceramics. Eventually, Gerharz left Ruscha to open his own pottery workshop, Otto Keramik in 1964.

The example above is just one of many, many pieces of vintage European ceramics recently received at LEO Design.  Please come into the shop to see them in-person or click on the photo above to learn more about this piece.   You may also peruse our on-line shop where many of the new pieces have already been listed.

More newly-acquired European art pottery tomorrow.


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