ES Keramik ‘Fat Lava’ vase, no.385/11, West Germany circa early 1970’s

This is a Great ES Keramik vase, form no. 385 / 11, made in West Germany circa late 1960’s / early 1970’s.

A Fabulous piece from this high quality West German Art Pottery. The squat rectangular form has a short circular neck and round rim, appearing like a volcano or crater on the top.
The decor with its foamy dripping white glaze over a grey base is a great example of the ‘Fat Lava’ style of the era, and is typical of ES Keramik’s distinctive style.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of West German / Fat Lava / European Art Pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, space age, 60’s, 70’s, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches. The base is glazed over and unmarked.

Measures 13 x 8.5 x 11cm / 5 x 3.5 x 4.5in.




San Marino rock glaze and sgraffito vase and Fratelli Fanciullacci textured striped jug, Italy circa 1960’s

These two pieces illustrate how Italian potteries were leading the way with innovative mid-century modern ceramic design.  From the San Marino’s trademark foamy white smalto roccia (rock glaze) that predated West German ‘Fat Lava’ styles, combined here with a highly stylised fashionable sgraffito image, evoking the 1960’s Italian glamour sought out by the new influx of foreign tourists.  The Fratelli Fanciullacci jug with its heavily textured glaze and hand painted stripes is inspired by the resurgence in studio pottery in Italy at the time, and was important in the revival of craft and the growth of ‘Made in Italy’ after the war.