Market Intelligence – Fat Lava

It’s done! I’m delighted to announce that the second, revised and expanded, edition of my ground-breaking and sell-out bookalogue ‘Fat Lava: West German Ceramics of the 1960s & 70s‘ is now at the printers. Phew. Since the first edition went out of print, demand for copies has been consistently high, leading to the decision to revise and reprint. Some ‘inside intelligence’ now. Graham Cooley, my friend and owner of the collection shown in the first exhibition, was at the Kempton Park Antiques Fair earlier this week, and met up with a number of his German dealer contacts with a view to buy. All said that the supply in Germany has completely dried out. Nevertheless, demand is still rising, meaning that prices are increasing quicker and higher than ever. My advice? If you like it, get in there now, before it’s too late and prices rise too far. The second edition of my catalogue will be available from mid-May, and will be launched at a second Fat Lava exhibition to be held at Mid20C from Saturday 30th May. …

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Fat Lava – The Movie

Even though the Fat Lava exhibition catalogue has sold out, I’m delighted to announce that the official Fat Lava documentary DVD is now available. With sweeping views of the original and first exhibition, fascinating interviews with the owner of the collection, Dr Graham Cooley, dealers including Petra and Patrick Folkersma of Outernational, and I, this is an essential addition for every Fat Lava lover’s library. Professionally produced by Nigel Edwards of Inhouse Productions and with a running time of 16 minutes, you can see a sample of the full documentary by watching the 4 minute introduction above. Only 100 copies of this DVD have been produced, each in its own case with full colour slipcover matching the cover of the catalogue. Click here to order your copy now! Also keep your eyes peeled for exciting details of a second exhibition, revised and expanded catalogue, and special events in early Summer next year. Contact mid20C for more details.

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Fat Lava Exhibition in Germany

It’s taken a while for Fat Lava to start to move out of the realms of haus greuel to object of desire in Germany, but it seems the dawn has broken at last! An exhibition of Scheurich ceramics from the 1950s, 60s & 70s opened at the town museum of Miltenburg on the 10th October 2008, and runs until the 18th January 2009. Click here to visit their site and find out more, or click here to download the pdf flyer, from which this image is taken. From the many emails I have received from German fans who have visited already, it sounds like a truly great exhibition. I just wish I could see it! If you do go, please leave comments on this post so that we can all hear about your experiences.

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Fat Lava Friends

It’s funny who you meet in this industry, and how easy it is to make friends. Wandering around the now (sadly) defunct Alexandra Palace antiques and collectables fair in north London last year, I came across the most wonderful stall that contained all sorts of modern treasures as well as some rather lovely Fat Lava vases. My interest was caught. Chatting to the Dutch owners, it soon became clear that they were keen and experts in their area – as well as being lovely people. We’ve kept in touch and now they tell me that they have launched a new website specialising in these amazing vases. Visit – NOW! We’re all responsible for promoting this much ignored area, and bringing to it the attention it deserves. Dianne and Rene join the ranks of the forward-thinking, along with Petra & Patrick of Outernational, Forrest of Ginforsodditiques and, I am sure, many more to come. Come …

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Fat Lava As Art?

Thanks to Els van Petersen for drawing my attention to a new contemporary art installation or exhibit (depending on your perspective) by Marieke van Diemen at the innovative Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.The picture says it all – some 520 West German ceramic vases on display as part of a wider exhibition called ‘Three Interventions’. I’ll leave you to make up your own mind about what the artist is trying to say – click here to be transported to the relevant …

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Fat Lava goes international!

Hot on the heels of the Maltese-based ‘Mdina Collectors Club’, comes an even more exciting venture out of Toronto in Canada. A number of dedicated Fat Lava enthusiasts have just founded the ‘Fat Lava Collectors’ Club’, in association with the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. The small but perfectly formed group held their first meeting last week (see picture below), and I have to say that although I couldn’t make it myself from London, it looked like great fun as well as educational. Membership is free, and members will receive an e-newsletter ‘LavaFlow~’. What’s more, there’s talk of including Fat Lava in the R.O.M.’s new 20th century design gallery, AND a weekend of events at the Museum, including an illustrated talk by me, planned for the 27th-28th October 2007. I don’t want to post the secretary’s email address here and curse her with gallons of junk mail, so email me if you’d like to join and I’ll send the address back to you. As most of you may know, Fat Lava was exported all over the world in its day, particularly …

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Fat Lava Exhibition

As you will have seen from other parts of my website, the Fat Lava Exhibition was opened at the King’s Lynn Art Centre in Norfolk, England on July 15th. Since its launch unprecedented numbers of visitors have attended, each emitting a shocked gasp as they enter the vibrant ceramic filled gallery. Okay, I may be biased – but I really can’t recommend this exhibition enough. If you’re into this type of thing, not only is it the first time that these ceramics from this period have EVER been exhibited in public before, but with over 580 examples on display there truly is something for everyone. Just make sure you get there before August 12th, when it closes. If you don’t believe me, then check out the photograph below, and the others here. The reason for today’s visit? An interview for BBC radio, who wanted to cover it for a breakfast time show tomorrow morning. I always find that the success of these sorts of things depend so much on the questions that are asked. Thankfully, this time the …

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Fat Lava

Fat Lava: West German Ceramics of the 1960s & 70s Revised & Expanded Third Edition 160 pages, softback 210mm x 165mm portrait Published: January 23rd 2012 Price: £18 + P&P ISBN: 978-0-9552865-6-8

After firmly establishing themselves at the forefront of international ceramics design during the 1950s, modern West German ceramics underwent a second explosion in design during the 1960s and 70s, pushing boundaries of form, glaze and colour to their limits. With over 180 specially commissioned, full colour images by Graham Rae including marks and labels and a specially written introduction, this is the first publication to address this previously ignored second revolution and covers leading makers including Scheurich, Ruscha, Jasba, Dümler & Breiden and Bay.

Contents include:

• Over 180 specially commissioned, full colour images by Graham Rae.

• A specially written, updated introduction setting these ceramics in a historical, social and economic context.

• 12 chapters, each focusing on the products of one maker, including Scheurich, Ruscha, Roth Keramik, Carstens and Bay Keramik.

• Each chapter opens with an introductory page covering key dates, designers and pointers to …

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