Offered is an early large mid-century modern vase made by Spara Keramik in West Germany in the late 1960’s. The handcrafted vase is from the Schamotte series and made of chamotte clay which was used to add the gritty, rough texture called "tooth". This texture when applied to a simple refined shape results in a unique, elegant and understated “brutalist” piece. The vase is 14" tall, measures about 8 3/4" in diameter at the widest point of the body, and weighs about 10 lbs. It is in excellent, original condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and is clearly marked with the maker’s stamp and model number on the base.
Fat lava is the name given to certain styles of postwar, West German art pottery, particularly from the 1960s and ’70s. The most prolific fat lava ceramics factories of the period include Bay, Carstens, Jasba, Spara, Scheurich, and Ubelacker. Other well-regarded makers were Jopeko, Klein, Otto, Roth, and Ruscha.