A very tall and glossy orangey-red SCHEURICH KERAMIK 'Inka' relief decor vase Nr. 260/30 with a black interior.

SCHEURICH had its origins in a joint venture launched in 1928 by Alois Scheurich and his cousin Fridolin Greulich in the small town of Schneeberg near the Czech border in Saxony—wholesaling glass, porcelain, and ceramics. The business was moved to the market community of Kleinheubach in the northeast corner of Bavaria in 1938, and ten years later the partners began producing household ceramics of their own, selling them under the name Scheurich & Greulich. In 1954 the partnership was dissolved, and Alois founded SCHEURICH GmbH & Co. KG to continue production on his own. Scheurich recruited the celebrated designer Heinz Siery the following year. Siery developed production techniques for the firm as well as designs.

SCHEURICH's overarching manufacturing strategy was to produce a wide array of simple forms that could be decorated in a great variety of glazes. This resulted in an extensive product range that was readily adaptable to the public's changing tastes. Coupled with affordable pricing, the approach led to SCHEURICH’s dominance of the German ceramics industry beginning in the late 1960s—and millions in sales. Designs were adapted twice a year. Through the 1980s, SCHEURICH produced more pottery than any other German manufacturer, much of it for export.

The earliest SCHEURICH pieces sport discrete colors and simple geometric patterns. In the late 1960s and the '70s, its glazes were largely characterized by brown-and-green color schemes, sometimes accented with more vibrant hues. Nonetheless, certain décors of the period featured the bold lava and volcanic finishes that are so admired today. Molded décors inspired by ancient cultures or patterns from nature were also represented. By the late 1980s, shapes and color scales became plainer and the work less attractive.

You can do much more than you think you can – HEINZ SIERY


Maker – Scheurich Keramik

Production Period – 1970s

Design Period – 1970s

Origin – West Germany

Styles/Movements – Mid-Century; Modernist

Materials – Ceramic

Colors – Red-orange

Condition – Excellent. This vintage piece is in near original condition.

Dimensions – 5 ½" Diam. × 11 ¾"H

Quantity Available – 1