Winter's Chill - IV


West German Modernist Ovoid Vase with Dripping Blue Glazes by Fridegart Glatzle for Karlsruhe (LEO Design)


Like a midnight sky, this West German vase is a play on shades of blue: inky, blackish blue with eerie streaks of penetrating brightness.  It displays a simple—yet satisfyingly sensual—organic form and wears a random drip glaze which adds to its one-of-a-kind appearance.  As the glaze courses over the soft curves of the vase, it creates an object filled with dynamism and movement and complexity.  The ceramicist is Fridegart Glaztle who had a long and consequential career at the Karlsruhe West German ceramics studio.  The Karlsruhe ceramics factory was founded at the Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century to produce ceramics in the Italian Renaissance style.  It underwent several changes of owners over the years, including private ownership by Villeroy & Boch and being state-run for a period of time.  The workshop was badly damaged during World War Two.  Once repairs were made, and the kilns were fired-up, it was time to produce works in the new Modernism, such as the vase shown here.  Fridegart Glatzle was one of several ceramicist-artistes who contributed to Karlsruhe's cutting edge Post War design.  And this vase is a signature work of Glatzle's.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it. 


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