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A square-mouth jug vase by KREUTZ, finished in a remarkable, thick and bubbly, black, yellow, and orange volcanic fat-lava glaze.

KREUTZ KERAMIK was founded by Helmut Kreutz in 1958 in the tiny village of Langenaubach in the state of Hesse, Germany.  KREUTZ products are characterized by red clay bodies covered with a very thick and bubbly glaze—the epitome of what's generally thought of as German "fat lava."  These often foamy, "crater" or "volcanic" finishes are achieved by the addition to the glaze of certain organic substances that release oxygen during firing, or, similarly, the use of silicon carbide and its release of carbon dioxide.

Determining the origin of a KREUTZ vase can be a challenge as a good deal of the company's output was made for other potteries—MONTANUS, GERLACH KERAMIK, and MARZI & REMY among them.  Naturally this causes confusion for the connoisseurs and historians who are still trying to unravel the persistent mysteries in the field of post-war, German art pottery collecting.  The wholesale trade firm Riffarth also bought vases from KREUTZ and labeled them as their own.

KREUTZ's use of red clay was exclusive.  Shape numbers are often impressed on the base of items, but a size or the country of origin is never indicated.  KREUTZ-branded vases usually had two paper stickers on them, the more prominent reading "Kreutz Keramik" and a secondary one, "Handarbeit" (Handwork).

Production Period – 1960-1969

Country of Origin – WEST GERMANY


Attribution – MARKED

Materials – CERAMIC


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

Height (cm) – 11.0

Diameter (cm) – 9.0

Quantity Available – 1