1970s West German Att. to Otto Keramik Mottled Blues, Brown and Green Gloss Glaze Ceramic Urn Vase
THE ITEM A rare find, this ball-urn shaped vase bears the refined mottled glaze, blending a spectrum of cool blues, ranging from pale to deep and interspersing this melding with dusting of golden brown. The top rim has also some green accents glaze. This piece would suit a minimalist, contemporary, modernist or even industrial decor themed room.
A BIT OF HISTORY Founded by Otto Gerharz (who had been the arts director at Ruscha since 1951) in 1964 in Rheinbach. Otto Gerharz was extremely - almost obsessively interested in the chemistry and left Ruscha to set up a workshop at home to research glazes.
He set up a company in 1970 and until 1996, all glazes were produced by Otto. He worked with Kurt Tschorner (who had also worked at Ruscha) who produced the shapes (all until 1987). A small company with a small group of employees (20 max) and therefore there was no mass production. Otto items are distinct in that all the bases of the items were covered with felt in a range of different colours.
CONDITION Excellent, no crazing as might be expected for a piece of this age, light wear commensurable with age, please see photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 5.9" / 15 cm tall x c. 7" / 18 cm diameter across the body's widest point. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.6 kg / 602 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.