West German Pottery

The term 'West German Pottery' generally refers to anything produced before Germany re-united in 1989. The most interesting pieces however originated between the 1950's and 1970's.

When trying to identify vases, the markings to the base are quite helpful. Many vases have 2 numbers stamped in the base: the first number is usually the shape and the second number indicates the height. (Scheurich vases for example) other vases have just a maker's mark or even worse, a paper sticker that will most likely have worn off over the time. Scheurich who had and still have a prolific output quite often re-used their shape numbers much to the confusion of collectors.

I do have some favorites, such as Otto or Ruscha, these vases were made in smaller quantities and generally in superb quality.