Dümler & Breiden (Höhr-Grenzhausen, 1883-1992)

My very first piece of West-German pottery was a white clay D&B bowl. I am still a huge fan, especially of the company's production of the 50s and early 60s, with its delicate balance of shape and decoration, its sober but elegant look and its textured or satinated feel. Think of iconic shapes such as 110, 310, or 377/277, and of the wonderfully subdued decors of the Terramar series, with subtle Ritzdekor and sigillata effects and warm natural colours. Also the smoother white clay items with a more figurative touch continue to charm.  

See for D&B: Mark Hill, Fat lava. West German Ceramics of the 1960s & 70s, p.60-70; M. P. Thomas, Deutsche Keramik und Porzellane der 60er und 70er Jahre, p.92-94, and Der "Fat Lava Stil" Deutsche Zierkeramik der Nachkriegsjahre, p.213-223; H. Makus, 50er Jahre Keramik, p.136-137, and Keramik der 50er Jahre. Ein Handbuch, p.7130-131 and p.379.