Lava glaze eruption at Mid Century

 

mid century pottery 1960's-1970's Fat-lava vase by Strehla, E.Germany

Fat lava vase by Strehla, E.Germany  60s – 70s

 

 

Lava glazes that amaze

 

The Lava glaze ceramics of the 60’s were an extension of the Bauhaus design concept of creating affordable decorative arts for mass consumption during the middle of the 20th century. The manufacturing process was simplified with the use of pottery casting molds and the application of a diverse variety of glazes by the enamelers and glaze technicians. This was combined with applying integrated craft procedures to produce large numbers that maintained an aesthetic appeal of high quality. The first “lava”glaze appeared in 1967, coinciding with the sixties “summer of love”, so the bold colors, textures and vivid abstract styles were really in harmony with the spirit of the era.
The repetitive pottery forms of the mold created industrial vessels were given more distinctive features by the enamelers, who were encouraged to be adventurous and experimental with their decorations, particularity after the introduction of the foamy, dripping, rich textural Fat Lava glazes in the early 70’s and was instrumental in helping to redefine the vase in a modern, sculptural context. The Fat Lava glazes at this time, in French Vallauris, became a sublime match with the studio hand built, ‘free form’ modernist ceramics.

 

Fat Lava Wadersloh---Walter Gerhards red glaze vase with brutalist Fat Lava motif

Walter Gerhards red glaze vase with brutalist Fat Lava motif

Fat Lava Wadersloh – flickr

 

This remarkable era of design freedom unleashed structural geometric reliefs, contrasted with smooth glazes in black, blue and red, providing a vibrant decorative language for  the abstracted modernist forms. An exotic plethora of other imaginative combinations of textures and colour were also abundantly evident. The use of lava glazes heralded the emergence of a more eccentric aesthetic along with other forays into  reactive, evocative ceramic designs. The rugged surface craters that appeared in the glazes were symbiotic with the lunarscapes of the sixties space exploration and lava clad Sputnik shapes were even created by the German designers. This flamboyant Mid Century phase of ceramic art spurned a wave of affordable modern decor designs which also included inspiring contributions from Italy, USA, Spain, UK and Scandinavia.

 

 

Ingvil Havrevold lava glaze pottery vessel

Ingvil Havrevold lava glaze pottery vessel

 

 

Ruscha Pompeii lava glaze vessel with twin handles

Ruscha ‘Pompeii’ lava glaze vessel

 

 

Retro Pottery-Stunning West German fat lava Vase

West German fat lava ribbed Vase

 

 

Scheruich Ceramic Tall Lava Glaze Vase with Relief Bull and Volcanos-Assemblage , Chicago

 Tall Lava Glaze Vase with Relief Bull and Volcano’s  –  Scheruich

Assemblage , Chicago

 

 

 

Scheurich 291-20 LORA Vase West German Pottery Fat Lava

Scheurich 291-20 Lora Fat Lava Vase

West German Pottery

 

1950s-Mid Century Vase-–-Bay Keramik

Mid Century lava glaze Vase-–-Bay Keramik

1950’s

 

 

Scheurich-517-45 Fat Lava---Floor Vase---Fat Lava Wadersloh

Scheurich 517-45 Fat Lava glaze Floor Vase

Fat Lava Wadersloh – flickr

 

 

 

Scheurich-520-28-red-lava-glaze modernist vase - 60s

Scheurich  520-28 red drip lava glaze vase

60’s

 

 

 

XL-Ruscha 3D Wall Plate

Ruscha ceramic panel wall art

 

 

 

Fat Lava glaze planter

Fat Lava glaze planter

 

 

Large Lava glaze Colorful Ceramic Table-or-Floor Lamp by Melior

Large Lava glaze colorful Ceramic table or floor lamp by Melior

Height 28 inches

 

 

Fat Lava Ceramic Owl Table Lamp----1st-Didbs--24inches

Fat Lava Ceramic Owl Table Lamp – 70s

1st Didbs — 24inches height

 

 

1970s-Large Avacado Green Lava Glazed West-German-Pottery Floor-Vase by Carstens-Atelier

Large Avacado Green Lava Glazed  Pottery Floor Vase by Carstens

1970’s  West Germany

 

 

Ovoid Pottery Drip Glazed Vase Shape Table Lamp-Red and Yellow

Red and Yellow ovoid pottery drip glazed vase shape table Lamp

 

 

Ettore Sottsass ceramic tableware for Bitossi

Ettore Sottsass ceramic tableware for Bitossi

 

 

italy-italie-Sgraffito-vintage-Fratelli Fanciullacci

Vintage sgraffito lava glazed pitcher – Fratelli Fanciullacci, Italy

 

 

Helmut-Schäffenacke lave glaze vase

Helmut Schäffenacke lave glaze vase

 

 

 

West German Bay-67-17 fat lava vase

West German Bay-67-17 fat lava vase

 

 

Bay West-Germany vase-model 102 18-Fat lava Mid-century

Bay – Vase model 102 18-Fat lava Mid-century

West Germany

 

Lava glaze Vase by Marius Bessone,-Vallauris--12inches-1stDibs

Lava glaze Vase by Marius Bessone

Vallauris 12inches – 1stDibs

 

 

Carstens-1960s-Floorvase-–-Mid-Century-Home Décor-–-German-Pottery-WGP-–-Large-–-Relief-–-Fat-Lava--everglaze

Carstens 1960s Large relief  fat lava Floorvase-–-Mid-Century

Everglaze

 

 

Carstens Luxus Vase designed by-Peter Dieter

Vintage Carstens ‘Luxus’ Vase designed by-Peter Dieter

 

 

Carstens Tönnieshof vase - 7607-20

Carstens Tönnieshof vase – 7607-20

 

Ceramano-229---219---Decor Syrakus ceramic lava glaze jugs

Ceramano 229—219—Decor Syrakus ceramic lava glaze jugs

 

 

Ceramano 'Koralle' Fat Lava Vase West German Pottery---

Ceramano ‘Koralle’ Fat Lava Vase

West German Pottery

 

 

Chocolate lava cups Mid Century

Chocolate lava cups Mid Century

 

Vallauris modernist vase - lava drip glaze

Vallauris modernist vase – lava drip glaze

France

 

 

Fat lava ceramic bottle - Emons & Sohn Keramic-West Germany, 1960s

Fat lava ceramic bottle – Emons & Sohn Keramic

West Germany, 1960’s

 

 

ES Keramik 70s-West German Pottery vessel

ES Keramik

70’s West German Pottery

 

 

Fat Lava Vase-–-Jopeko-404-12-–-Green White with Thick Crust-–-1950s-1960s-Everglaze

Fat Lava Vase-–-Jopeko-404-12-–-Green White with Thick Crust

Everglaze  – 1950’s – 1960’s

 

 

Floor vase designed by Gerda Heuckeroth in 1963--Carstens Tönnieshof

Floor vase designed by Gerda Heuckeroth

1963 — Carstens Tönnieshof

Fat Lava Wadersloh – flickr

 

 

Fat Lava Vase – VEB Haldensleben Label – ocean green white black & brown – 1960s 1970s – East German Mid Century Pottery – Brutalist Style

Brutalist Style Fat Lava Vase – VEB Haldensleben Label – ocean green white black & brown

1960’s – 1970’s – East German Mid Century Pottery

 

 

French Ceramic Vase by Marius Besson,-Vallauris

French Ceramic Vase by Marius Besson

Vallauris

 

Gallery_hero_il_fullxfull. French Cyclope Emaux Des Glacier,Lava glaze

 French Cyclope Emaux Des Glacier, lava glaze pitcher

Gallery Hero Il_Fullxfull

 

 

Glazed Lava Bottle Vase by Scheurich Keramic---IstDibs

Glazed Lava bottle geometric motif vase by Scheurich Keramic

IstDibs

 

 

Lava fountain eruption of Mt Etna volcano

Lava fountain eruption of Mt Etna volcano, Italy

 

 

 

Jopeko 70s West German Pottery Modernist Pop Art Space Age Fat Lava Vase. 11 cms

Jopeko Modernist  Space Age Fat Lava Vase. 11 cms

70’s West German Pottery

 

 

Jopeko Modernist  Fat Lava Vase. 11 cms

Jopeko Modernist  Fat Lava Vase

West Germany

 

 

 

Red-black Marei Fat Lava vase

Red and black Marei Fat Lava vase

 

 

Jopeko Keramik West German Pottery Fat Lava Modern Mid Century

Jopeko Keramik West German Pottery Fat Lava vase with handle

 

 

Lava glaze abstract motif mid century vase

Lava glaze abstract motif mid century vase

Lapid Pottery, Israel

 

 

Large 1960s San Marino-Italian Art Pottery Raymor Vase

Large San Marino Italian Art Pottery Raymor Vase

1960’s

 

 

La RoueVery tall and elegant Vase by the La Roue studio Vallauris. Glazed with a Lava type Glaze with enamelled floral decor.

Tall and elegant Vase by the La Roue studio Vallauris. Glazed with a Lava type Glaze and enameled floral decor.

 

 

Jean Besnard Earthenware Vase,-circa1930

Jean Besnard Earthenware Vase

circa 1937

 

Scheurich large lava vase-West-Germany

Scheurich large lava vase West Germany

 

 

Scheurich fat lava vase, yellow with black stripes

Scheurich fat lava vase, yellow with black stripes

 

 

Scheurich-420-54---21 vase with handle Black lava glaze on red

Scheurich-420-54—21 vase with handle,  Black lava glaze leaves on on red

Fat Lava Wadersloh – flickr

 

Scheurich 70s Vintage West German Fat Lava Floor Vase. 517-30. Measures 30 cms.

Scheurich 70’s Vintage West German Fat Lava Floor Vase.

Height 30 cms.

 

 

Scheurich lava glaze vase with horses notif

Scheurich lava glaze vase with horses motif

 

 

Pair of vintage table lamps with lava glaze patterns

Pair of vintage table lamps with lava glaze patterns

1st Dibs

 

 

Marius Giuge Vallauris Huge and heavy Amphora style vase from the Marius Giuge Pottery in Vallauris, France. Marked to the base 1965 and initialled MR. Glazed with a drip glaze, achieve

Marius Giuge huge and heavy classical style vase with drip lava glaze

Vallauris

 

 

Marei-2003-lava-glaze bottle

Marei lava glaze bottle

2003

 

 

Scheurich blauster lava glaze vase -- West-German-Pottery

Scheurich baluster lava glaze vase — West-Germany

 

 

Flambouyant Vallauris vases

Vallauris Fat Lava glaze vases

 

 

Faceted Turquoise lava glaze lamp base

Faceted Turquoise lava glaze lamp base

Vintage Lab

 

 

I had one of those “whoa” moments when I saw this abandoned 60’s relic perilously perched on top of a junk bin at a home reno in my neighborhood. Still in superb condition, it has now been retired to my balcony.

 

 

 

Kreutz-Keramik German jug vase ceramic lava 60s 70s mid-century WGP - Designclassics

Kreutz Keramik German jug vase ceramic lava 60s – 70s mid-century

Designclassics

 

 

Vase in Brown with a Light Glaze by Jørgen Mogensen, 1960s

Vase in Brown with a Light foam Glaze by Jørgen Mogensen

1960’s

 

 

 

Vallauris ecume de mer glaze vase-1960's

Vallauris ecume de mer glaze vase – 1960’s

LCT Home

 

 

Vintage 60s 70s Mid Century Modern Drip Lava Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp etsy

Vintage 60s –  70s Mid Century Modern Drip Lava Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp

etsy 120O9

 

 

Vintage West German pitcher vase by Jasba by RetroMungo on Etsy--savi-modern-ceramics

Vintage West German pitcher vase by Jasba

RetroMungo – Etsy

 

 

Walter Gerhards Lamp base

Walter Gerhards swirly portal Lamp Base

 

 

ES Keramik 70s West German Pottery Modernist Pop Art Space Age Fat Lava Vase.-

ES Keramik 70’s West German Pottery Modernist drip Fat lava Space Age Vase

 

 

 

Awaji Pottery Manipulated Jar with Crawling Lava Glaze

Awaji Pottery Manipulated Jar with Crawling Lava Glaze – circa 1930

1st Dibs

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Ruggero Guiso
    Posted December 13, 2019 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    I find this review of images dedicated to pottery decorated with crater glaze very interesting. Sincere congratulations. Personally I would have also liked a discussion on the decorative technique of these beautiful ceramics. Friendliness !!

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