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This tall SCHEURICH vase sports a bubbly volcanic glaze of orange on dark brown with hints of yellow.  It's an attractive, high-quality pot with a great shape and a happy glaze.  Form by Heinz Siery, of course.  It has it all!

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.

SCHEURICH was founded by Alois Scheurich in Kleinheubachin, Bavaria, in 1954.  The prolific designer Heinz Siery joined the firm the following year.  Siery developed production techniques as well as designs for SCHEURICH and formulated a strategy of producing a wide array of simple forms that could be decorated in a great variety of glazes.  A range of pieces that was both extensive and adaptable resulted.  Costs were also kept low.  The approach proved a great success; through the 1980’s, SCHEURICH produced more pottery than any other German manufacturer, much of it for export.

Early SCHEURICH ceramics sport relatively discrete colors and geometric patterns.  In the late 1960’s and the 1970’s glazes were characterized by brown and green color schemes, sometimes accented with more vibrant hues—but there were also decors that employed the bold lava and volcanic glazes so popular today.  Molded decors inspired by ancient cultures or patterns from nature were also represented.  By the late 1980's, both shapes and color scales became plainer and the work less attractive.

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

Production Period – 1970-1979

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) – 38.0

Diameter (cm) – 18.0

Quantity Available – 1