This is a stunning ‘Pompeji / Pompeii’ handled vase, made by Ruscha Keramik, West Germany circa late 1960’s.
A fantastic form by Gerda Heuckeroth in 1968, its squat shape with small decorative handles, ribbed body and small neck and opening resembling ancient / classical designs.
With its ‘Fat Lava’ glaze complementing the archaic look, it could have been unearthed from volcanic ashes!
With its bubbling black base glaze, picked out with orangey reds and hints of green and yellow giving a really lava-like appearance and suiting its ‘Pompeii’ name in the process. The decor is most likely by Otto Gerharz who developed the innovative ‘Vulkano’ glaze amongst many others.
Would make a fantastic addition to any collection of Fat Lava, West German or European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, modernist, brutalist, minimalist or contemporary interior.
Indistinct moulded mark to the base ‘875’.
In excellent condition, no chips or cracks, some burst ‘lava’ bubbles from production.
Measures 11 x 13 x 12cm / 4.5 x 5 x 4.75in.
This vase is available for sale in my Etsy shop http://etsy.me/1AlRjzu
Fantastic subtle glaze and an unusual form 🙂