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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 in 1958 by Helmut Kreutz in the tiny village of Langenaubach in the German state of Hesse.  Its products are characterized by red-clay bodies covered with very thick and bubbly glazes—the latter epitomizing what's generally thought of as German "fat lava."  These often foamy, cratered, or "volcanic" finishes are achieved by the addition of certain organic substances to the glaze that release oxygen during firing, or, similarly, the use of silicon carbide and the 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 sold to other potteries—Montanus, Gerlach Keramik, and Marzi & Remy among them.  Naturally this causes confusion for the connoisseurs and historians who are trying to unravel the mysteries that dog 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 used red clay exclusively.  Shape numbers are often impressed on the base of items; size and country of origin are 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