I have a bit of a 'thing" for fat lava. The ceramic ware with a glaze that "pops" and makes holes during the firing process. This ashtray is a good example:
See the holes? Looks like... Lava! (One of my degrees is in Geology, so it's a sort of side-interest as well).
Now most fat lava vases and such sell for a nice small investment, and as much as I love the stuff, I never can justify paying as much for a mid-century vase as I might for a vintage table, for example.
But because it was an ashtray, I snagged it for a song... $10.
Dana at Mid2Mod has caught the fat lava fever too. Please check out her blog. If you love mid-century, you will learn a lot from hers, not to mention, she is a wonderful person! She's got a mid-century shop in Texas, USA, and congrats to her, the business is doing very well! Good to hear. Now go check out her blog! Scoot!
By the way Dana, blogger is glitching again and I could not add a comment to your blog today. This happens once in a while where the comment window simply will not show up for me on random blogs.
So a nice small addition to my tiny fat lava collection! No smoking in the 1950's Atomic Ranch House, all ashtrays are for atmospheric looks only. :) . .