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July 9, 2012 Designer Cari Zalloni died July 3, 2012. Best known to pottery collectors for his designs for Steuler, Zalloni went on to found Carzal for designer eyeglasses.
August, 2010 The W. German pottery exhibition at the Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, Ontario has been canceled. (Reason seems to depend on who you ask.)
February, 2010 There's a Scheurich 426 floor vase in Cameron and Mitchell's house in one episode of "Modern Family".
WGP on the Screen: In The Hoax (2006, Richard Gere), one of the vases in a conference room scene sure looks like the Polar glaze by Dümler & Breiden. I've also heard that some Scheurich is showing up in episodes of Mad Men, but since we're currently sans cable, I can't confirm it.
Early copies of Kevin Graham's book had problems with the binding, so additional copies are being delayed until the matter can be settled with the printer. Yeah, if not one thing, it's another, or two, or three...
We now have a Facebook group for West German pottery. To join, go here.June, 2009
The special edition of Kevin Graham's book is ready. For more information, go here.
View our series of videos about W. German pottery without leaving our site: Video page.April, 2009
The revised version of Fat Lava is now available. Go to: Mark Hill Publishing.
Kevin Graham's two-volume set is now at the printers. Volume one contains 262 pages with 568 color photos, 282 company marks. Included are 108 companies with information about designers, decors and dates. Volume two is 174 pages with form/size numbers for over 200 companies. Also included are 300 photographs of marks and information about designers, dates of manufacture and additional details to help identify items.
We've started producing a series of videos, and the first one is now on YouTube. Identifying West German Pottery: Reading the Base
With a little luck Kevin Graham's first book on West German pottery will be out this summer.
Kevin Graham is talking with a different publisher and hopes to get by assorted problems that have held up the book.
The last word I has was that there will be an exhibition of WGP at the Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, Ontario September 26 , 2010-January 7, 2011.
The Fat Lava Collectors Club located in Toronto remains on hiatus until the exhibition. To me, that means there is no actual club. Sorry, but it's not my doing.
Patrick and Petra Folksema are working on an online exhibition beginning at the end of May, 2009 and lasting 4 weeks. The plan is to have webcams at several different locations around the world and broadcasting through a central hub so people can take a virtual tour of several collections.
The January issue of Antiques Roadshow Insider magazine includes a two-page story about WGP written by Pete Prunkl. Check it out if you can. Along with smaller mentions in Country Living, Metropolitan Home, and House Beautiful, it's been a great stretch for publicity. Unfortunately, the economy has not been kind to collectors. eBay listings of WGP are way down.
You can now purchase a 16 minute documentary about Fat Lava/West German pottery featuring shots of the Fat Lava exhibit in England in 2006 plus interviews with Dr. Graham Cooley and others. You can purchase a copy from Mark Hill Publishing or get more information by going:
You can also see a 4 minute excerpt on YouTube (note that the timer on YouTube says the video is over 9:00 long, but it actually finishes after about 4.):
Michael and Lori Palmer have found evidence that Abels, Wasserberg & Co. of New York imported several shapes from Carstens in the late 1950's and early 60's. Items identitied so far are small and feature brown glazes with gold rims. This is the first evidence that West German pottery was directly imported into the US.
On the publicity front, the July issue of House Beautiful includes a story about the Brooklyn Flea, and one of the items pictured is a Steuler candle holder from the Continua series designed by Cari Zalloni. There should also be a similar story in Country Living in August or October that may have some WG pottery pictured. A 100 word blurb on fat lava should be coming in Metropolitan Home, and the August or October issue of Antiques Roadshow Insider magazine should have a story by Pete Prunkl about West German pottery.
The Fat Lava Collectors Club is on hiatus while Conrad works on a West German pottery exhibition. More information about the exhibition as it becomes available.
Kevin Graham is moving closer to publishing the first full-scale English language book on West German Pottery. He has found a publisher. Hopefully, a publication date will be coming soon.
The Discovering Tomorrow's Retro Treasures exhibition will include W. German pottery. The exhibition will be in Toronto, Canada, October, 2007. The exhibition will be in two locations: Rogue Gallery, and Twice Found. There may be a third location at the Toronto Metropoltian Library. For more information, contact the Fat Lava Collector's Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first known collector's club for WGP has formed, known as the Fat Lava Collector's Club. Meetings are in Toronto, Canada, but through the internet, the membership is already international. So far, the club has proven quite active. Contact: email@example.com
The 2007 edition of Judith Miller's Collectibles includes a section on WGP. Although I have some quibbles with the section, it's a start.
(The term Fat Lava has become quite popular and also problematic. It actually refers to certain thick, lava or volcanic glazes with the word Fat actually being a poor translation for "thick". Unfortunately, the phrase is getting used as almost synonymous with West German pottery, and that is far from true. There are many other glaze and decoration types in WGP, and they are often as interesting and popular as the fat lava glazes.)
Other West German Pottery Pages:
Identification: West German Pottery Marks (Pictures of various marks, bases, and labels)
Photo Gallery of West German items (pictures of items we've had in the past few years, divided by company when possible).
Companies, Potters, Designers (Information about some of the particular companies, studio potters, and designers active during the West German era.)