Tuesday, January 8, 2013

short days, fat lava






Because of the kitchen demolition/renovation our Catskills house is filled with plaster dust, insulation, loose wires, etc. and so I haven't been up for a while. I miss the ice formations around the waterfall, and my country friends and places. Meanwhile I have plenty of work, and books, and cats.





 I've been researching the vases I wrote about here, and have gotten drawn into the world of mid-century modern. It's not quite my thing, but it's a lot of fun. Most of them are from Germany, Finland or Denmark.


This kind of glaze is known as fat lava, and the vase is en route to a collector in Istanbul!

Hope January is treating you kindly. I hate the short days, but am coping.

Jen

24 comments:

  1. Is that sailboat from Whiteflower Farmhouse? I can't stop thinking about Lori. I wish she hadn't deleted her blogs. She could have leaned on the community she built. Many of my vintage tree ornaments came from her shop so I thought about her almost every day through the holidays.

    Istanbul! How cool!

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    1. Yes, it is. I miss her too. Would like to visit her store one day.

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  2. Plenty of work, books and cats sounds like a dream life to me. Especially if you throw in a Lab.

    And don't forget every day we get a little more light.

    xo jane

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  3. Hi Jen, I'm not too sure about the fat lava vase either but hey, it wouldnt do if we were all the same would it! At least its going to a home where someone will appreciate it!

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  4. Hello Jen, I think the main reason for collecting is to research what one has obtained, and it is especially intriguing to be introduced to a new area; even if you think it won't become a primary interest, it is easy to get absorbed as your appreciation for the objects increases.

    By the way, I like that green vase that kind of looks like a large inkwell.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. You are right, though that is something I didn't understand until recently. These vases have opened up a new and fun era in art pottery and design that I never paid much attention to. It's a nice change from the 19th century New England goods that I used to find for the store.

      I love your image of the inkwell for the green vase. That is a 1960's Palshus, from Denmark.

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  5. I love mid-century modern pieces. the furniture back then was amazing. less so what people put on their walls. the decorative arts of that time are not really my cup of tea. but I'd take some of your vases :)

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    1. I mostly knew about the furniture and think I haven't been that interested in it because I am old enough to remember it from the 70's. But the pottery is new to me and really cool. The really crazy stuff is from Germany especially W. Germany. Google "West German Pottery" and you'll see what I mean.

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  6. Fat lava is well named. I sometimes think about mid-century modern that it's great to keep all the prettiness-challenged objects together in one spot, but I don't dare to say that aloud. My day is just lightening and lengthening and I hope yours is too.

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    1. I definitely think they (the vases) look best grouped together. I think "fat lava" was originally "thick lava" in German--it was wrongly translated, and "fat lava" caught on.

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  7. I like the Fat Lava but wouldn't want it in my own home, if that makes sense! At least it's going to someone that will love nad appreciate it.

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  8. It takes a special eye to collect Fat Lava. I'm not a big drips lover either. Antiques on Cambridge Street used to have a few cases of this mid-century pottery - every once in a while I'd find something I liked because of the color or shape.
    It's thrilling to send packages of your wares to Turkey!!!

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    1. It really is exciting to have one going to Turkey, and the buyer is so nice. I'm praying it gets there safely.

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  9. It takes a special eye to collect Fat Lava. I'm not a big drips lover either. Antiques on Cambridge Street used to have a few cases of this mid-century pottery - every once in a while I'd find something I liked because of the color or shape.
    It's thrilling to send packages of your wares to Turkey!!!

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  10. "fat lava" is interesting name and is well said. I hope your renovation of kitchen will be nicely done.

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    1. Yes, Fat Lava is so descriptive!
      As for the kitchen, I think it will be great, but it's pretty scary to be doing such a major renovation.

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    1. They are great--I'm so in love with them.

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  12. I was wondering about your renovation but didn't want to bring it up since it can be such a pain! Seems like it's coming along. I like the "fat lava". It's funny as a lover of old houses and antiques I more and more appreciate mid-century design...and a piece here and there makes it quirky and fun; now give me a Frank Lloyd Wright house and I'll be in heaven:) I can't get over the kitties markings.

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  13. The kitchen is coming along fine. It's a lot easier when I'm not living through it! I agree about a piece here and there--it's fun to mix it up.

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  14. Your finds are always interesting in their variety! Hope the kitchen reno is going well. What color tiles did you decide on by the way?

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