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A wonderfully proportioned handle vase in a smoky drip glaze with pastel blue undertones.  Photos do not do justice to this 1970's beauty.  A nice piece from the KTU KERAMIK studio.

KUNSTTÖPFEREI UNTERSTAB (Unterstab Art Pottery), or simply KTU, was a ceramic studio founded in the early 1960's in Langenhessen in Saxony in the former GDR by husband and wife Ralf and Gudrun Unterstab.  As is the case for many of the small workshops that operated in East Germany, very little is known about UNTERSTAB.  One exception is the tidbit that Gudrun (b. 1940) is the daughter of the famous potter Albert Kießling; husband Ralf (b. 1937) remains a mystery.  Whatever the actual division of labor may have been between the pair, it is often supposed that Ralf was responsible for the forms while Gudrun was the glazer.  However this conjecture is founded solely on the resemblance of many UNTERSTAB glazes to those developed by her father.  Much of their work has, in the past, been fancifully attributed to a "Kerstin Unterstab"—perhaps owing to the appearance of the initials "KTU" on the base of some pots—but such a pottery never existed (at least not in connection with UNTERSTAB).

Production Period – 1970-1979

Country of Origin – EAST GERMANY


Attribution – MARKED

Materials – CERAMIC

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

Height (cm) – 25.5

Diameter (cm) – 15.0

Quantity Available – 1