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Monday, August 4, 2014

Peter Müller and Sgrafo Modern

Peter Müller, in partnership with his brother Klaus, took over a small porcelain factory in 1955 that their father had started. Soon after, he made a dramatic change to the traditional production line, starting to design more modern forms that were quite unlike other ceramics produced in Germany at the time.

He developed and patented a new technique for making porcelain called sgrafo. He put two or three layers of different colored porcelain on top of one another and then notched the surface, allowing the varied colors to show. He was the only one doing this process in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Korallen series was produced in the 1960, as was a collection of animals figurines.

Müller retired in 1995, and Sgrafo Modern is no longer in business. Only a few of his organic and imaginative pieces were exported at the time, yet they are highly sought after today.


Sgrafo vases

Sgrafo bowls - SunDriedLinen

Porcelain elephant - Mose and More

Porcelain giraffe - GlitteryMoonVintage

Vase and pitcher from Korallen series


  1. Replies
    1. I prefer the simplicity of the Sgrafo pieces to the Korallen pieces too.

  2. Simple, organic pieces....simply lovely! I especially like the bowls.

    1. That's my favorite bowl shape. It gets me every time, no matter who the maker is.