Carlton Ware ‘Apple Blossom’
made in England 1937-1950s
I may have mentioned before that I am drawn to botanical themes- and that I may have amassed a fair bit of botanical related items due to being a landscape architect. Well- here’s more proof. An ‘Apple Blossom’ plate in one two colours in which it was produced- yellow and green.
The floral embossed motif ‘Apple Blossom’ was part of Carlton Ware’s Salad Ware Range, produced from 1937 to the 1950s. Apple Blossom was the most popular of the floral ware produced and over sixty different items were made : seen here is a medium-sized plate – I also have a large, medium and small plate, a footed bow and a sugar bowl.
Carlton Ware is very collectible – you may have seen my previous post of the Wild Rose jug [also part of the Salad Ware range]- but like all collectibles its popularity waxes and wanes. Us purists, of course, collect what we like and are unswayed by popularity. And I like botanical themes on my pottery!
The plate is in excellent condition for pottery that is over seventy years old. For Carlton Ware collectors and mad keen botanists alike–this plate is for sale: $AU25
[PS: As for the swallow- I am waiting for the other two of the original trio to turn up. In the meantime, s/he is doing double duty as a styling piece.]
I have come to embrace the ‘fat lava’ craze for West Germany pottery only recently. One thing that helped was seeing the pottery in its homeland when I visited Berlin- and another thing that has helped has been time; I grew up with this stuff and hated it as a youngster!
‘Fat lava’ refers to the glaze type which is typically chunky and classically 70s in form and colour. The pieces shown here are from our personal collection – we decided to collect in orange and red. There are a million varieties of these shapes in every conceivable colour variation…but due to popularity and [crazy collectors] they are becoming harder to find.
One of my favourite collectors is someone who has collected the one Scheurich shape and form – [it happens to be the middle of the red pieces shown here] and has over 70 varieties of it. They look fantastic displayed together – this is a case where more- IS more!
Here we have another ‘Fat Lava’ vase- made in West Germany in the 60s. The base of the vase is clearly marked W. Germany, but the markers mark is obscured. I think it’s Bay [short for Bay Keramik] – with its identifying vase number, but it’s illegible.
The outer glaze on the vase is a matt charcoal, with matt white: whereas the orange spirals have a shiny glaze. The interior of the vase is also a contrasting shiny sienna colour.
The vase isn’t very large- see the Batmobile for a scale comparison- but it’s in great vintage condition. It would make a good entry level piece in a Fat Lava collection.