Entitled Sgrafo vs Fat Lava, Ceramics and Porcelain Made in West Germany, 1960-1980, is the show curated by Nicolas Trembley which you can see in the windows of the Kreo gallery in Paris until the 23rd of July. These white organic pieces are highlights of the bizarrerie of the German ceramic of this period.
Designed by Peter Müller in the 1960s, the vases from the series called Korallenvase were produced by Sgrafo Modern. Among other examples on the show, designs of Peter Müller represent spectacular ceramic creations from 1950s - 1970s Germany where modern forms meet kitsch and extravagance.
In 1955 took over the brothers Klaus and Peter Müller the company led by their father earlier. The "Fabrik Feiner Kunstporzellane" factory was located in Höhr-Grenzhausen, a town in the middle of Germany and produced traditional ceramic forms. But when Peter Müller took over the factory, he shifted the direction towards more modern designs. He developed new patented technique of making porcelain in process. He put two, to three layers of porcelain (with varying colours) on top of one another and then notched into the material. This method allowed the different colors of the layers to become visible. This patented technique is called sgrafo, and he was the only one who realized it in the 1950s and 1960s. The
Korallenvase series is probably most famous from the production of the Sgrafo Modern and now it is collectible item. Despite its non color scheme, the vases are very extravagant and their shapes resembles small functional sculptures.
Photo Courtesy of Wright, Chicago