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Crazy Sea Shell Teapot – Souvenir Ware

I just had to buy this bizarre looking and quite Surrealist teapot as soon as I discovered it listed on Etsy several years ago –  It is just so over the top – and so bizarre – Ive never seen anything quite like it. A large sea shell, covered in seaweed, barnacles, shellgrit and more – just as if it had been lifted out of the ocean. Its actually very well made and decorated considering it was made as “Tourist Ware”

Souvenir or Tourist Ware Pottery was very popular in the mid 20th Century – and these pieces are bizarrely stamped “Echternach”  – a town in Luxembourg. A shell teapot from a country which is landlocked ?- very curious why. 

I believe it was probably made in Japan, as I have since seen these pieces with different backstamps for different makers and or tourist destinations- so I am guessing it was production ware which would have been stamped with the purchasers mark.

I’m told by some others who have come across this design, that it also came in some slightly different colour variations, and sometimes the teapot had a wicker wrapped handle. 

Tourist-ware Shell Teapot

Tourist-ware Shell Teapot

Tourist-ware Shell Teapot

Tourist-ware Shell Teapot

 

The photos of the same setting (below)  came via Etsy from the store of “Kitchenology” by Hanna, (now closed). Love the cups!….

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

Tourist-ware Shell Tea Set

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Voltz – Vallauris Pottery

Charles Voltz (1923-1997) moved to Vallauris France in 1950, where he had a studio for many years. His ceramics was in the typical exuberant mid-century Vallauris style with colourful and often highly textured or patterned glazes.

Vallauris is an area in the Cote d’Azur region of south eastern France and has a long history of Artistic and Ceramics traditions, but is was in the 1950s when Vallauris experienced a new golden age after Picasso went to live in and influence the Arts & Crafts of Vallauris in the late 1940s (and where he stayed until 1955)

Picasso, along with Roger Capron were significant contributors to the profile of Ceramics in Vallauris, together other names such as Roger Collet, Gilbert Portanier, Jean Derval and Charles Voltz.

The pottery in Vallauris during this period was created mainly for the tourist market, and to a smaller extent collectors.

I have come across the work of Charles Votlz a few times here in Australia, in the form of dinner sets or coffee sets. It is simply made with terracotta clay and a low fired glazes. The pieces I have had have either been gloss orange or a gloss red. This seems to have been typical of the type of ware that tourists would purchase from Voltz studio, captivated by the intensity of colour and Voltz striking modernist style.

Charle Voltz Vallauris, Coffee Set. Photo Ray Garrod

Charle Voltz Vallauris, Coffee Set. Photo Ray Garrod

Charle Voltz Vallauris

Charle Voltz Vallauris, Coffee Pot, Originally with Lid. Photo Ray Garrod

Charles Voltz Signature

Charles Voltz Signature, Photo Ray Garrod

Charles Voltz

Charles Voltz Vallauris , Sugar Bowl c Lid, Photo Ray Garrod

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