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Petra on pottery

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The 1970s interior came in all shades of brown. So did a lot of West German vases. But looking good against a brown backdrop, were a great number of vases in the brightly colored glazes the 1970s are also known for. Today, these seem to be the most collectible. For their choice of color, it is good to think of them in the context of the 1970s interior, because obviously that is where they would have to look good in. Reds and oranges go very well with brown. So, you can find loads of vases in these colors, either being the predominant color, being set against a non-bright color or combined with other bright colors. Blue is very nice with brown too. There is lots of blue to be found in West Germany vases, often combined with red or orange, very effective combinations indeed.

But lately I am starting to notice bright yellow. It seems much less applied in the 1970s compared to red, orange and blue and I guess a brown background wouldn’t have done it enough justice either. But looking with my 2011-eyes, I dare say some bright yellow – or a lot- really adds to the success of the decor. A touch of it in an otherwise sedate choice of color, really makes the difference between average looking and quite OK looking. Add a lot of bright yellow and the sun comes out!

In this post just a few examples to make my point. The Jasba ‘pineapple’ floor vase also comes in orange, red and other colors, but take a look at it in bright yellow with a bit of green. Imagine the small vase by Rhein Ruhr Keramik (RKK) with one magenta Cactus Dahlia (orange is good too). That would be all you need for a center piece. The Übelacker (or Ü-Keramik) is just stunning with the red neck and the green/yellow glaze over a geometric molded pattern. Need I say more?

Resting my case…


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