A rare study pottery figure of a horse by Elfriede Balzar Kopp


Stock Number: – OWA3130

Date: – Circa 1960s/70

Materials: – German Westerwald Clay; An Advantage For Potters! The extensive clay quarries of the Westerwald region are the largest connected deposits in Europe. Only a few other regions in the world are known to have clay sources of comparable size and quality. Around 15 different types of clay occur here, including a very valuable white clay also known as “white gold”. The Westerwald clay has a high degree of ductility, is almost free of impurities and has very good sintering properties. These clays are perfectly suited for stoneware production, a high fired, waterproof, acid-resistant, impermeable pottery. The clay was easily kneaded, thrown, deformed as well as knitted, melt, beaten and whipped. It is a serious partner to the potter reacting to any treatment. 

Country of Origin: – Germany, Höhr Grenzhausen 

Description: – A rare modernist study of a horse, this figure was potted in several sizes with 90cm tall being the largest. This superbly imposing and tactile example has been beautifully potted and decorated with traditional enamels and a superb glaze. 

Size: – The figure is 25.5cm tall and weighs 1230g

Condition: – The figure has a slight flake to the glaze on one of the hoofs. Otherwise the figure is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks, losses or restoration to the body or decoration. 

History & Marks: – The belly has the incised mark BK for Balzar Kopp used on pieces from the later period of her work (1960-70s)

Whilst no one could say that this piece is a one off study. One could however say that, although you may come across another example. One would quickly realise that each one stands alone –  ‘it is a one off’. I state this because the outcome of each piece of studio pottery depends deeply on how it is decorated and placed in the kiln. Moreover, how it reacts during the firing. Very few studio pieces are totally identical.

Please Click the Link Below for an Historical Introduction to the work of Elfried Balzar Kopp.  (You may have to engage your computers Translator “German to English”.) This is often seen in the address bar.                          


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Additional information

Weight 1.230 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 25.5 cm