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!
Hollywood platter, made in USA 1960s Scheurich jug, made in West Germany 1960s
Teak man corkscrew & bottle opener, made in Japan 1960s
A trio of browns a la 1960s.
The Hollywood platter, melamine made features roosters and various farm equipment [I think that thing’s a butter churner…?] and the West German jug/vase made by Scheurich came in many combinations of browns, browns and browns. The teak man with rope arms graced many a 60s bar; his head comes off to reveal a bottle opener, and he is sitting on a log which is actually a corkscrew. Quite a painful allusion if you think about it. But the playful teak cigarette hanging out of his mouth makes it all so jolly one doesn’t think about the placement of the corkscrew.
This brown lot is a collection in search of a party; a 60s party. Celebrating all things kitsch and brown.