Stock Number: – OWA3117
Date: – Circa 1970s
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 Westerwald pottery figure of a Cockerel/Rooster decorated in the studios of Elfriede Balzar-Kopp. The body has an interesting abstract design in cobalt, traditional salt-glaze and enamels. No signature found but some pieces had a paper label attached. Moreover, the base looks to have been levelled for a balanced stance and thus, the signature may have been ground down??
Size: – The figure is 26cm tall and weighs 1255g
Condition: – The figure is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks, losses or restoration to the body or decoration.
History & Marks: – This example unmarked and probably had a paper sticker label and dates from Circa 1970. 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 which you can see on the website from the same private collection. 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 placed in the kiln and 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.