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Of course I have been busy collecting the past two years, but I have not had much time to write about it. Hence no new posts appeared for quite a while. Also my little ‘photo studio’ setup had been dismantled and I had to find a new space in the house for taking pictures. This involved a grand vase clear up. Boxes full of pottery moved to the garage and I can not wait to unpack them in the future and look at them with fresh eyes, hoping to rediscover a lot of stuff, that did not deserve to disappear into a box in the first place. But still, for now the necessary space is available once again and  I guess the WGP collecting virus inevitably involves moving around vases.

In the mean time I also discovered Pinterest as a handy medium to keep me on track with my acquisition policy. Yes, I now have one – an acquisition policy I mean- and I am sort of sticking to it… A vase clogged house and an empty wallet makes focus and a bit of prudence important. This policy consists of a neat Pinterest board with all the vases I really wish for, locked from public view of course, so I can covet them in private. Every time I am starting to feel restless from all the lovely WGP vases on auction on Ebay, I take some time to meditate on my policy board and wait for my Zen to return.

Of course, so I found, it gets kind of complicated when several items listed in my acquisition policy are up for sale. Since they are in the policy, I should probably get them, right? With always lots of WGP on the market and not much natural prudence in my overall personality, this is of course what happened. What a boost to my collection though! Worth every penny and inch of space! Even got a Roth Guitar vase for quite a good price, considering the crazy prices. But it does leave me dead broke and until there is some cash flow to speak of, I am not allowed to add any more jewels to the family treasure chest, so judged my husband (bless him, he is very prudent). He is not even buying the “good investment” argument.

Here is where some of the money went…

Carstens Atelier vase designed by Gerda Heuckeroth, marked: 7090-50

Carstens Atelier vase by Gerda Heuckeroth, marked: 7090-50

Bay vase by Bodo Mans, marked: 71-35

Bay vase by Bodo Mans, runic pattern marked: 71-35

Dümler & Breiden Domino vase, marked: 615-30

Dümler & Breiden Domino vase, marked: 615-30

Oberhessische Keramik Walther Becht vase, marked: WB 147-19

Oberhessische Keramik Walther Becht vase, marked: WB 147-19


So, for the time being, instead of buying, I am doing something I like almost as much as collecting. That is, looking on the Internet at the collections of my fellow WGP collectors. There are some amazing collections out there and they are a source of inspiration for my acquisition policy. Also, I have made a public board on Pinterest, called Petra on Pottery like my blog, on which I have started downloading the pictures of my collection. Lots of new acquisitions on there too, among them the four in this post. So, hopefully -this way- returning the favor to all those collectors who, like me, are trying to deal with their ‘issues’ by dreaming up an acquisition policy while trying not to actually buy anything (just jet…). Have fun!



Featuring here are three vases by Cermano from the 1960s. This German company was founded in 1959 and stayed in business till 1984. Their aim was to make art pottery that resembled studio pottery, but they made it with the modern, technological means of the times. Hans Welling was their key designer from 1959 till 1961 and after that Gerda Heuckeroth took over.

Ceramano made a great number of glazes and shapes usually with exotic decor names, like Amon, Polaris, Odin and Pergamon. The decors of the vases in this post are Incrusta (with sticker), Toscana (with ear) and Riviera (cerulean blue). As you can see Cermano pieces tend to look exotic too. I think these all look like they could have been found in an Egyptian tomb, especially the Riviera. The Toscana vase even has the ´dustiness´ of an archaeological find.  They should be in a museum! Oké, oké, that might be somewhat premature. But I am sure their time will come.  They may not be ancient, but in my opinion they represent some of the best art pottery of the 1960s. That makes them great finds after all!

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