OVERSIZED "FAT LAVA" W. GERMAN VASE
"Fat Lava" is a blanket term to refer to the production of over a dozen different pottery studios that operated in West Germany from the 1950's to well into the 1970's.
While these studios and the independent potters created works in a variety of palettes, the pieces with dramatic surface textures and colors evocative of a volcano became to be known as the icons of this broad creative movement.
Its only in the last ten to fifteen years that serious collecting and scholarship has emerged.
While this particular example is timeless and understated, and somewhat reminiscent of California craft movement of the 1970's, the bands of "dripping" glazes are evocative of "Hot Lava"
And of course, like its siblings, it is stamped on the bottom.
(Majolika) Karlsruhe was founded in 1901 and produced a wide range of ceramic products including ceramic animal sculptures which have become highly collectible.
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West Germany, 1970's