Pottery on Parade - part I

Strehla East German Modernist Cylinder Vase with Hand-Painted "Peacock" Design in Turquoise & Green (LEO Design)

One of my favorite things to collect is ceramic art pottery.  I think of it as "jewelry for the home."  And I know I'm not alone;  the world over, since the dawn of time, people have been making and using clay pottery.  In fact, some of the oldest human artifacts found in archeological digs is ceramic works—both utilitarian and aesthetic.  There's a pleasing tactility to ceramics.  With the nicest pieces, one can almost feel the potter's spirit while holding a piece made in his or her hands.  For the next few days, I'd like to share some of our newest art pottery finds with you.

Shown above, an East German Vase made in the 1960's or 1970's.  For a piece made behind The Iron Curtain, it has a remarkable  subtlety and sophistication.  A simple cylinder vase is hand-painted with an organic design and color palette.  The decoration is embellished with textured "tube line" glazing—whereby a three dimensional "line" of glaze is drawn-onto the ceramic with a bulb or bag, much like frosting on a fancy cake.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it—and check out our entire collection of antique and vintage art pottery including many recently-acquired pieces.

More handsome art pottery tomorrow.


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