In my constant pursuit of tile hotness, I have several concepts in development, one of which I call the Fat Lava Tile, (development sample pictured above) It gets it’s name from the key word I used to trawl ebay for it’s inspiration. The term Fat Lava is a tag used by German ebay sellers when listing their West German studio pottery pieces produced in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s known for a garish use of color, quirky geometry and beautiful, but definitely not antibacterial textures.
I think what I like best about it is that it’s A) not for everyone, with standalone pieces sometimes getting downright ugly, and therefore, B) mostly pretty cheap; some of the good people of Germany are selling whole collections on ebay for under $300 (plus shipping, of course).
Collecting Fat Lava pottery has gained recent popularity with exhibitions in London and the catalog/book by Mark Hill, titled Fat Lava, – well worth picking up. If you order it from Mark Hill directly, he will even personally sign it upon request. http://markhillpublishing.co.uk
As for my Fat Lava Tile collection, it’s still in the development phase and should be available for the holidays. Right now, I am just picturing the mentioned ebay find carefully arranged across my white painted fireplace hearth – Das ist sexy!