Colorware History & Design

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Pottery Resources

Thankfully, throughout the mid-1990s and early-2000s a number of dedicated pottery enthusiasts took the time to compile a range of good to outstanding resources for pottery collectors. Since most of the potteries didn’t keep records and their employees are long gone, so much knowledge has been lost to time. A decline in pottery collecting over the past decade has not helped the genre – it can be difficult to identify and price items, but even more concerning, there are fewer new collectors. The objective of this website is to comprehensively capture that collective knowledge and provide a resource for both new and old collectors.

I also encourage you to join our Facebook collector’s group: 1930s California Colorware.

This would not be possible without the tireless work and passion of these authors and the collectors who contributed to these books – most of which are out of print, but available cheaply on the second-hand market. If you’re interested in 1930s colorware, I recommend building out your own library. Note: the prices listed in these books are most often wildly inaccurate – the internet has dramatically changed availability and the pricing power between buyers and sellers:

Austin, Dan: Your Complete Guide to the Pottery of Catalina Island

Chipman, Jack:

Coates, Carole: Catalina Island Pottery and Tile

Elliot-Bishop, James: Franciscan, Catalina, and Other Gladding-McBean Wares 1873-1941

Gibbs, Carl: Collector’s Encyclopedia of Metlox Potteries

Nelson, Maxine Feek: Collectible Vernon Kilns

Pasquali, Jim: Sanford’s Guide to Garden City Pottery

Snyder, Jeffrey:

Stern, Bill: California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism

Tuchman, Mitch: Bauer: Classic American Pottery

 

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