Fat Lava

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!


Edgar Miller

This Summer I discovered for the first time, the work of designer, craftsman, artist, and environmental visionary Edgar Miller. I was thumbing through the Summer installment of  Modernism Magazine when I came upon the most beguiling photographs of interiors and exteriors richly laden with colorful tile, decorative murals, illustrative stained glass, hand carved woodwork, and custom metal work.

Featured in the article, and well worth ever penny, is the book Edgar Miller and the Hand-Made Home  by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams just out this Summer. http://www.amazon.com/Edgar-Miller-Hand-Made-Home-Renaissance/dp/0978545052

Also check out the article by Richard Cahan, and photography by Alexander Vertikoff in Modernism Magazine, http://www.modernismmagazine.com/backissues/mV13N2.html

And a great interview with the authors at:


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