Gempo pottery – like much of the 70s- is having a resurgence at the moment. Gempo pottery was made in Japan between1962 – and 1974 for the export market.
The koala [and her joey] – have the large-faced form that marks all Gempo pottery. It is also particular to the 70s era with the stylised features, and the stoneware pottery glazed in rustic creams and browns.
I’m not sure how many animals Gempo stylised on their mugs, but currently in my collection I have a spotted hippo, giraffe and elephant. Oh, and a leo-the-lion moneybox!
These mugs feature the abstract, large –faced form that marks all Gempo pottery. They are also particular to the 70s; with stylised features, and the stoneware pottery glazed in rustic creams and browns. We’re in the 70s folks!
I have featured Gempo egg cups [a family featuring nan & pop, mum and dad, and children] and a Gempo money box [Leo the Lion] previously. Now we have three mugs – a hippo [spotted]; elephant [with trunk as the handle] and koala [wearing dungarees.]
As the 70s becomes more collectable, so these stoneware pieces are becoming sought after. It was something that I did not predict, but have been caught up in.
The three mugs are in excellent vintage condition and are for sale: $AU45
Here are two egg cups made by Gempo Pottery in the early 70s; this is grandma and grandpa. I now have collected the entire family [see previous post] of all six family members, but this pair of ‘ma and ‘pa are different to my others: it seems each family member came in a few different designs.
The hippo mug also hails from the same time – he is quite stylised and quite spotted! Since collecting this hippo mug I found a koala mug, and talking to another Gempo mug collector there seems to be a large range of Gempo animal mugs [cat, dog, bear, pig.] I also have a Gempo lion money box.
The egg cups and the mug feature the abstract, large–faced form that marks all Gempo pottery. They are also particular to their period; with stylised features, and the stoneware pottery glazed in rustic creams and browns. Gempo is very collectible at the moment- as is anything from the 70s, and all Gempo pieces are in excellent condition [as new.]