Friday, November 24, 2006

West German Vases

A couple of years ago I bought a small vase made by Scheurich in West Germany. It has a vermilion underglaze and a black lava glaze on top in a spider web pattern. The form is very simple, but I find the piece is stunning. This vase made me take a closer look at West German vases from the sixties and seventies and I found an awful lot to like. The modern forms, the interesting colour combinations - lots of browns, reds, turquoises and then all of the textures in the glazes captured my attention.

I decided I would have to try and recreate those glaze textures in print form and so I started to print vases. I have now editioned five vases and the two shown here are my current favourites. Someday I will make a print of the one I actually own!

Vase No. 26is available for sale here.


  1. Hello Margaret, I've stumbled upon your wonderful vase prints on the Internet. I am very impressed and like them very much. I hope'll allow me to do a posting on them in my Blog on Linocut printing: the Linosaurus:
    I've found 7(8) vase prints (my favourite is the blue one!) and I would like to make a posting comparing these (East to West)with the incredible vase prints by Maki Haku (1924-2000) whom you must know ofcourse.
    Hope to hear from soon, with friendly greetings, Gerrie Caspers, Netherlands

  2. I just love these. I can't believe I've only just found them! The Carstens one on your Etsy page is lovely - I collect the Ankara vases, so I'm counting up my pennies for this one as I type!! Emma x

  3. Hi Emma,
    Glad you did find me. I was just reading the last several posts on your blog. Wow - I am a rank amateur when it comes to West German ceramics, but I do love the forms, colours and textural combinations. They are a great topic for relief printing and they are my current printing obsession.

    I have a small Scheurich 231-15 in red and black which keeps me happy!