Pots And Pots

West German Pottery, Ceramics and Fat Lava


1828- 1989
Though not a West German manufacturer we have included some of the main producers from East Germany who were manufacturing ceramics similar to those in West Germany.

Strehla were based in the small town of the same name in Saxony, Germany (formerly East Germany (German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1949-1990)). They produced both utilitarian and decorative items.


The great majority of Strehla items are marked with the “Strehla Keramik” within a triangle shape. This can be either ink stamped (in white or black) or moulded on the base. Beneath this symbol there is a range of text options:

  • Made in GDR
  • Import handgemalt
  • VEB Handgemalt
  • VEB

VEB stands for the German “Volkseigener Betrieb”, meaning a people-owned enterprise and related to state owned workplaces in the GDR.

Items also have a moulded form number.