Fat lava vase [sold]

Bay, West Germany vaseWest Germany vase,
made in 1960s

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.

The vase is for sale: $AUD40

Styling with ‘Fat Lava’

Fat lava vase60s West German vase

I did NOT like this vase at all when my partner bought it. But – as soon as she styled it with a vintage Travant car of the same age and those contemporary candles- I was converted.

It’s all in the colour tones. How good does the vase look with the two different greens next to it? My partner is a whiz with colour and mixing and matching forms -in ways that I am not.

‘Fat lava’ West German vases are often chunky, and garish of colour and form- but they look fantastic grouped together in a tonal or shape theme. Or as here- singly with contrasting forms and materials. I think the timber table also helps- the brown tones are picked up in the vase.

Retro in Berlin

West Germany studio potteryWest Germany vases, made in Berlin 1960s
Goebel Thumper Disney figurine, made in West Germany 1960s

Here are some of the retro pieces I bought in Berlin. The West Germany studio pottery, both vases – are now very collectible [check out  www.fat-lava.com] and it was nice to be able to buy these pieces in their country of origin.

Similarly, I found that anything by Goebel is also very collectible. I do love Thumper figurines [he crops up in a couple of my past posts as a styling device] and was thrilled to find this red one; I only found two West Germany vases and needed another red pottery piece for their display.

Retro shopping in Berlin is by way of a couple of ‘Antik’ shops, and flea markets- in public parks on the weekends. As we were staying in Mitte, we took in the Arkonaplatz Flea Market – which was so huge we visited twice on successive Sundays to see it all. I highly recommend it. I spent a nice morning sorting through hundreds of boxes for treasures. And treasures I found!

More in my next post…