Midweek Modness: German Ceramic Planter

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I am going to Berlin on Friday (details to follow next week). I am super excited and hope that I get the chance to hit at least one flea market on the weekend. It turns out that I don’t have to jet across the sea to find an amazing example of modernist German art pottery. I came across this wonderfully textured planter at the Salvation Army. But what I really love about it is the teal glaze on the inside of the pot.

West German ceramics have become quite collectible. Now this pot isn’t marked, but it seems to have many hallmarks of a German piece: unusual colour and glaze combinations and fanciful textures. The West Germans shipped a lot of pottery to Canada in the 1950s and 1960s, and one can still come across examples by mid-range makers such as Scheurich, Carstens or Dümler & Breiden.

I have listed this vessel in the Gracious Good Etsy shop (it’s hard to justify having planter when I can’t keep a plant alive), but I secretly hope it doesn’t sell.