A large bulbous studio pottery jug full of character by Elfriede Balzar Kopp


Stock Number: – OWA3109

Date: – Circa 1950s

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 delightful bulbous and characterful German studio pottery pewter lidded jug decorated in sgraffito with an abstract study of a deer. The jug is enhanced with traditional salt-glaze and enamels.

Size: –The jug is approximately 30cm tall to the tip of the pewter handle 24cm wide and weighs 1.975Kg

Condition: – The jug is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks, losses or restoration to the body or decoration. There is some micro crazing to the glaze which is expected with this type of glaze.

History & Marks: –  This example is signed/Inscribed Balzar Kopp and dates from Circa 1950s. Whilst no one could say that this piece is a one off study. However, one could 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 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.                          


Additional information

Weight 1.975 kg
Dimensions 24 × 30 cm