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Petra on pottery

featuring West German art pottery, Fat Lava and more 20th century ceramics

My father bought the vase in this post for me (for it is a vase). It is one of my most rare Germany vases, for I have never seen a second one like it. It is made by Jasba (marked N 31211 32) . Jasba, in my opinion, made some of the best and some of the worst looking pottery during the 1950s to 1970s. Then they also have a whole category that is plain weird, so I really don’t know what to think of it. This vase is somewhere between the ‘weird’ and the ‘best’ category.

The ‘weird’ category holds the type of Jasba pottery that seems to have been inspired by ancient civilizations. I think this particular head vase has been inspired by Pre-Columbian art, where you can also find vessels in the shape of a head with little ears attached to it. I have also seen the so-called ‘stirrup-spout vessel’ in Jasba designs, which is a typical shape in pottery from Pre-Columbian cultures. But Jasba did give most designs an eclectic twist, with a little of this and that, adding some medieval flavor, making some items look like pottery that would quite naturally fit into the household of Goblins! But of course that doesn’t automatically qualify them for the ‘worst’ category, for who knows, they might turn out to become the most interesting, most valued pieces of the Jasba heritage.

Jasba started out in 1926 and made art pottery till the end of the 1970s. From the beginning of the 1980s they switched completely to the production of  (predominantly) tiles. They still exist today.

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