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West German Pottery, Ceramics and Fat Lava

Bay – Glaze

Much is still to be discovered about Bay glazes. This section details some of the known information.

Arctic decor – Arctic is sometimes used to describe these vases though the original name is as yet unknown. This range of Bay items were produced with a molded pattern which contains references to polar regions.

Bay 65-17 Arctic (2)Bay 65-17 ArcticBay 64-30 ArcticBay 64-14 Arctic

Arizona Decor – Found on vases in the 1000 series (post 1960)

Borkum Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1971. Borkum is a small island in northwestern Germany. Perhaps the decor is based on seaweed from the islands many beaches.

Brazil Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1958.

Davos Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1963. Davos is a small alpine town in Switzerland.

Dusseldorf Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1960.

Folk Decor – this refers to a molded pattern which was glazed in a number of different colours.

Bay - 97-20 Folk DecorBay Folk Decor

Gotland Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1968. This name refers to the red glaze and not the molded decor. Gotland is a Swedish island.

Helsinki Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1967. This name refers to the blue glaze and not the molded decor. The colour is perhaps a reference to the blue water and winter ice which dominates Finland’s capital.

 

Irak Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1967.

Kemi Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1968. This name refers to the brown glaze and not the molded decor.

Korsika glaze and the first fat lava series (F) produced by Bay (1966-1968) (on form numbers 563 to 571).

Bay 564-20 Series FBay 566-30 Series F

Malaga Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1969-71. I believe the name refers to the molded decor not the glaze colour.

Narvik Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1968. This name refers to the blue glaze and not the molded decor. Note the similarities with Helsinki decor (above) which uses the same colours but in stripes.

Neapel Decor – Named after the Italian city Naples (German Neapel)

Oslo Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1962.

Peso decor – This name refers to the yellow glaze and not the molded decor.

Portugal Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1959.

Randers Decor – This name refers to the yellow glaze and not the molded decor.

Rimini Decor (Bitossi) – Some Bay items have a décor very reminiscent of Rimini produced by Bitossi. Aldo Londi (1911-2003) produced the Blu Rimini décor whilst working for Bitossi. Rimini comprised an impressed pattern with blue/green glaze (occasionally other colours were used such as orange or brown) and is now regarded as a classic mid century modern design. This design was introduced by Bitossi in the 1950s and it would appear that Bay copied or at least took inspiration for this design in creating some of their own decors. (Bitossi top row, Bay bottom row)

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Bay Vase - Blue Rimini LikeBay 604-40Bay 225-30Bay 225-30

Seefeld Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1969-73. I have seen this decor attributed to Ernst Stauber. I am unsure whether the name refers to the glaze or the floral design (or both)

Teheran Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1961.

Tripolis Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1968.

Valencia Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1960.

Wolga Decor – The decor is know to have been in production in 1968/69.

Bay Wolga

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