Scandinavian Folk Art - Kohler Pottery 12 Inch Wall Plate

Regular price $ 75.00


  • Vintage item

Made of local brown clay, this round wall plate is Swiss pottery, created by the ceramic artists of the Kohler pottery studio in Biel, Switzerland. The limited available information about this studio is that it was founded by the brothers Markus and Stefan Kohler and it closed in 1995. Their hand painted pottery is instantly recognizable, decorated with floral motifs trimmed with geometrics and Alpine scenes such as this charming family: mother, father, son and their young goat. The designs were skillfully applied with many colors of liquid clay called slip, earning the pottery the name slipware. It's brimming with fine details like the beautiful traditional clothing, the woman's basket chair, the man's walking stick and the large bell on the goat.

The black glaze used covers the back of the plate except for the inner and outer foot rims. That same glaze was used as a background for the family on front. They're surrounded by a 1 1/2 inch wide border in silvery gray, with yellow dot and ochre flower decorations and pretty beading around the rim.

This large plate measures 12 inches in diameter, 1 inch in height and weighs 2 3/4 pounds. In excellent condition, with no flaws, the plate has a somewhat flimsy hanging wire installed on the back, as well as 4 small felt circles for protection. There is a stamped inscription on the back that reads " KOHLER BIEL HANDERBEIT {work done by hand...hand made}." This signature distinguishes the Kohler brothers' pottery from another Kohler who worked in Biel whose name was Hugo and who typically stamped his pottery with HUGO KOHLER BIEL on the bottom. In addition, there was a Ulrich Kohler in Schupbach, Switzerland, but we will leave that for another time. The artist's cypher is scratched into the glaze to the left of the mark, shown in our photo.

This is a highly decorative piece of Swiss folk art pottery that dates from the 1980's, lovely to hang on the wall or prop on a shelf and admire.


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