Even with excessive amounts of research, we can’t find anything similar to this jug, which tells us, that at least it must be a fairly rare item. The glaze on it, is by some called Cyclope Lava Glaze, which is a type of glaze where the proper use of certain ingredients can cause controlled (somewhat) gaseous explosions in the glaze, producing holes of different types. A sister to that kind of glaze is the volcanic glaze, that has sharper craters on the end result than the Cyclope Lava Glaze. One of the best known creators of volcanic glazes is Otto Natzler, who fled to US from Austria in 1938, but it was only in the early 1960’s that volcanic glaze and the fat lava glaze became popular. Both West Germany pottery and the potters in French Vallauris embraced this unpredictable glaze, that fitted very well into the freeform and experimental new wave in ceramics around that time.
Jug with Cyclope Lava Glaze | Maybe Vallauris
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Good, with small traces of time.