Page Three of W/E items for sale Marzi & Remy: Marzi & Remy items cover a full range from traditional to "mid-century", including steins (for which they remain better known than their art pottery). M&R is so variable that it can be one of the most difficult to attribute when not marked. Otto Keramik: (1964-current) Otto Gerharz was a glaze genius not yet fully appreciated.His volcanic glazes are getting a lot of attention, but many of the non-volcanic glazes have great sutlety and complexity as well as often being more uncommon.Decoration usually involves staining rather than glazing with part of the design created by cutting through to reveal the clay, but keep in mind that not all red or red-orange clays are "klinker".
In addition to new forms and glazes, they have also released contemporary versions of some older glazes, generally less refined than the originals, and they have been reproducing the Ruscha bull and some other early shapes for several years.
The later versions can usually be distinguished by the glaze.
Quite a few did only klinker items, but Dümler & Breiden and Ü-Keramik are among the major art pottery producers who branched out to do some klinker items as well.
Other major klinker producers include AKRU, Eckhart & Engler, Eiwa, Gerz, Ilkra, J-D Keramik, Kule, Sawa, Siershahn, and Ernst Speier (SP, Hillscheid) E-mail Us Marei: At one time, Marei was thought to be a fairly small company that peaked in the 1950s.
However, they also produced a huge amount of kitsch, tourist ware and designs of questionable aesthetic value. Carstens: The Carstens Tönnieshof factory started in the 1950s and focused on a high quality product.
Production numbers were fairly high, but there were special lines and glazes done in much smaller numbers.Kurt Tschörner may have done some of the shape designs, but I have not seen documentation on that.Operation of the company was taken over by Otto Gerharz Jr., and the company remains in business.Gräflich: Graflich items are not as well known or as numerous as some of the best known companies, but they made some lovely jewel tone glazes and an interesting volcanic variant where the volcanic glaze is the underglaze, bubbling through in patches.E-mail Us Gramann (Topferei Römhild): Gramann, also known as Töpferei Römhild was an East German company.Most works are hand made and feature some of the earliest volcanic glazes for the era.