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Here is a striking glaze with free-form horizontal stripes in orange, black, gray and white on one of Heinz Siery's most simple and elegant hourglass forms from 1967 or 1968.  The vase retains most of its CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOF label.  (There is a minor surface abrasion near the base [see photos].)

HEINZ SIERY was one of the most important personages in the field of ceramics design in the 50's and 60's, and his forms had significant impact on the styles of FOHR, SCHEURICH, CARSTENS, and RUSCHA as well as other manufacturers.  In 1969, his employment status shifted to freelance when he and his wife, Ingrid Siery-Illgner, established a jointly operated studio, Atelier Syré, near the Rhineland town of Euskirchen.  (Siery-Illgner had also designed decorative objects for CARSTENS and oversaw the design department at the WÄCHTERSBACH earthenware factory.)  Apart from commissioned work, such as designing tiled stoves and ceramic wall decorations, the couple produced creations of their own—notably elegant, figural sculptures made of bronze, whose simple, classical forms and sleek lines are reminiscent of the work of Henry Moore and Joannis Avramidis.  Atelier Syré houses a sculpture park home to more than 300 of such works.

CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOF was founded by Ernst Carstens and his son Christian in 1946.  The family had had a long history of manufacturing ceramics and porcelain in Germany, but by the end of WWII the businesses had all collapsed; most of the factories were expropriated by the DDR.  Father and son built the new Tönnieshof factory on a farm of that name in Fredelsloh in Lower Saxony.  Production of table ceramics started in 1947; the first known decorative pieces date from the early 50's.  Ernst's wife Trude Carstens served as artistic director until her death in 1965.

CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOFF was very successful, producing a wide range of shapes and glazes.  The Luxus and Atelier ranges were more expensive lines and sold in large department stores—the latter, launched in 1962, was created by Gerda Heuckeroth.  Helmut Scholtis introduced the very successful Ankara decor in 1963 during his tenure with CARSTSENS; an example of the 'wax resist' technique, it was used on many forms.  Lava glazes were also employed during the second half of the 60's.  Its distinguished roster of designers also included Heinz Siery, Rudolph Christmann, and Dieter Peter.  CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOF went bankrupt in 1977.

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

Design Period – 1960-1969

Production Period – 1960-1969

Country of Origin – WEST GERMANY

Designer – HEINZ SIERY (B. 1927)


Attribution – MARKED

Materials – CERAMIC


Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)

Height (cm) – 40.0

Diameter (cm) – 11.0

Quantity Available – 1