Elfried Balzar-Kopp (1904-1983) A striking Westerwald pottery jug/flagon

Stock Number: – OWA1454

Date: – Circa: 1970

Materials: – 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 striking Westerwald pottery jug/flagon decorated in the studios of Elfried Balzar-Kopp with a superb retro design in traditional cobalt & other enamels.

Size: – The jug is vase is 19.5cm tall

Condition: – The jug is in very good condition and has no chips, cracks damages or restoration to the body or decoration.

History & Marks: – This jug is signed BK (Balzar Kopp) and dates from Circa 1970. Whilst no one could say that this piece is a one off, one can say that although you may come across another jug decorated in this manner. One would quickly realise that it is a one off, this is because of the hand decoration and how it reacts during the firing. Very few studio pieces are identical