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Bay Keramik

The West German pottery designers liked using archaic, folk, or mythic images, and those at Bay were no exception. This bird and snowflake shows up on a variety of shapes and with many glazes, but this is the best combo I've seen. The glaze is a mottled matte blue with mottled glossy amber/brown bands, a style that could fit in easily with an Arts & Crafts collection and one of my favorite color variants on the shape 64 series.

Bay Keramik vase shape 64, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 64, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 64, West German pottery

Size: Height is about 10". Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This West German pottery double vase was made by Bay Keramik in the 1960's, but the glaze is a throwback to work done by Belgian companies or even Fulper from the 1920's and 30's. The shape is 452. You can find it in a plain white, but this glaze is hard to find, and this is a particularly good example.

Bay Keramik vase shape 452, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 452, glaze detail, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 452, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 452, mark photo, West German pottery

Size: Height is about 7". Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This West German pottery vase was made by Bay Keramik in the late 1950s or very early 60s based on the decoration style. Many of the Bay decors from this era are attributed to Bodo Mans, often with no solid evidence. As far as I've been able to track down so far, neither the decor name nor designer is yet known. Still, it's a lovely item, light and soothing with a bit of Japanese Zen art influence. These minimalist designs were done my several companies at this time, so they aren't hard to find, but the trick is in balance and proportions. Most of this type are "nice", but they don't have the depth or enduring impact you get with ones like this example. And note that the background isn't solid white but includes gray variations, another detail that moves this vase to a higher level.

Bay Keramik vase shape 575, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 575, glaze detail, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 452, base photo, West German pottery

Price: $125 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 10". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This Bay Keramik vase has fairly simple, clean lines with good proportions and just enough flair and variation to add interest in both the form and how the glaze flows. It features a strong but not harsh red glaze with a black and white to cream overglaze that varies in thickness and includes a bit of volcanic bubbling in the thickest, whitest areas. Personally, I wouldn't quite call it fat lava, but it's moving in that direction. Shape is number 66 and height about 20cm. I would guess late 60s for date of origin.

Bay Keramik vase shape 66, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 66, West German pottery Bay Keramik vase shape 66, glaze detail Bay Keramik vase shape 66, mark photo

Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 7 3/4". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Bückeburg

The form on this Bückeburg vase makes me think a bit Art Deco, but the glaze is more modern and a visual treat. It features a textured blue and white over a deep red with thick drops at the bottom. It's powerful and at the very least uncommon, maybe rare. There's a blue inkstamp mark underneath, hard to read but definitely Bückeburg.

Bay Keramik vase shape 452, West German pottery Bückeburg vase Bückeburg vase, West German pottery Bückeburg vase, detail, West German pottery Bückeburg vase, mark photo, West German pottery

Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 8". Condition: There are some chips around the base as pictured, but it's a great, uncommon vase. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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Carstens Tönnieshof

This Carstens vase features a bold, stylized flower (two...one on each "side") and brings to mind the Aegean line done by Poole Pottery in England. The vase probably dates to about 1970. The flowers are outlined in black volcanic glaze with a thick volcanic primary glaze in earthtones. It's a strong piece of Pop Art. Shape number is 7312.

Carstens vase shape 7312 Carstens vase shape 7312, glaze detail, West German pottery Carstens vase shape 7312 Carstens vase shape 7312, mark photo

Price: $145 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 12". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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The form and decoration for this vase are from the Carstens Ankara line, but this one was made in Australia by Braemore Pottery under an agreement with Carstens. The teal background glaze is a distinctly different shade (more green) from those made by Carstens, but I'm not sure if this is true of all the Braemore Ankara items. The initials are probably the artist who worked on this particular vase.

Braemore vase Braemore vase, glaze detail Braemore vase, mark photo

Price: $75 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 9 3/4". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This West German pottery vase is by Carstens Tönnieshof circa 1958. As usual, the various textures don't come through well in pictures, but we have slightly raised white spots against the brown background and then the thicker applied slip/sqeezebag decoration.

Carstens vase shape 662 Carstens vase shape 662, glaze photo Carstens vase shape 662 Carstens vase shape 662, bottom photo

Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 10 1/2". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This Carstens vase isn't quite tall enough to be a floor vase, but the overall form is strong, and the glaze makes a statement with the semi-matte orange base glaze and a thick pumice in a dark brown (near black) in spotty rings. The dotted rings give it a machine-age style. Shape/size is 7322-30 along with the Carstens "two-house TC" mark. It also has an uncommon "UNI Cera exquisit" silver foil label

Carstens vase shape 7322 Carstens vase shape 7322, label Carstens vase shape 7322 Carstens vase shape 7322, mark photo

Price: $225 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 12". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Ceramano

This isn't a fancy shape, but it's a favorite because the lines and proportions are right, which you should expect from Ceramano. This is shape 274 with Dolomit glaze. The top glaze doesn't appear to be thick, but as happens on W. German pottery, the bottom ends of the drips are distinctly higher than the underglaze.

Ceramano shape 274, Dolomite glaze, West German pottery Ceramano shape 274, Dolomite glaze, detail photo Ceramano shape 274, Dolomite glaze Ceramano shape 274, Dolomite glaze, mark photo

Price: $125 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 6" and diameter about 7 1/2 counting the handles. Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Like many Ceramano forms, shape 574 is simple, relying mostly on line and proportion for its aesthetic impact. This makes the form an excellent canvas for the glaze. The Nubia glaze is black or brown so dark as to appear black with a mottled brown, slightly coppery top glaze, quiet and pleasing. Ceramano was usually a step above the average West German pottery, especially in glaze. Nubia is one of the many glazes that shows up in a fairly wide number of variations, although with the same coloring. While some Ceramano is hand made, this is one of the molded shapes.

Ceramano shape 574, Nubia glaze Ceramano, Nubia, glaze detail, West German pottery Ceramano, Nubia glaze, mark photo, West German pottery

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 4 1/2" with about the same diameter at the shoulder. Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This small West German pottery vase is by Ceramano in the soft and subtle Island glaze. Don't let the softness fool you because this is a delightful glaze to contemplate and more proof that there's more to West German pottery than just fat lava. Shape number is 242.

Ceramano, shape 242, Island glaze, West German pottery Ceramano, shape 242, Island glaze, detail, West German pottery Ceramano, shape 242, Island glaze, West German pottery Ceramano shape 242, mark photo, West German pottery

Price: $40 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 5". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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