Bauer Plainware

Designed by Louis Ipsen, featuring bright glazes produced by Victor Houser, and masterfully executed by potter Matt Carlton, Bauer launched their California Colored Pottery line in 1930. The first colors in the lineup included Chinese yellow, Delphinium blue, and Jade green. Over the next few years, Bauer added orange-red, cobalt blue, and black. Following a trend in more casual dining brought on by the Great Depression, customers were encouraged to create mix-and-match sets. Bauer offered the “ringware” version of the pottery in 1933, but continued to produce some plainware items until at least 1941.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Matt Carlton Drinkware

Technically not part of the early plainware line, this drinkware set was created by the potter Matt Carlton. The mugs came in several different sizes.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Matt Carlton Dutch Drinkware

Another Matt Carlton drinkware set featuring the “dutch” pitcher. This pitcher came in several different sizes. Note the smaller 3″ mugs.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Beanpots

The beanpot came in three sizes: large 2 qt., medium 1.5 qt., and a small 1 qt. size.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Cup & Saucer

Bauer’s first simply designed teacup and saucer.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Cup & Saucer

Grouping of early plainware cups and saucers

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Plates

Standard plate sizes included 6″ bread & butter plate, 7″ salad plate, 9″ dinner plate, and a 12.5″ chop plate.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Mugs

Bauer carried over the beer stein from their 1920s stoneware line. The mug stands 4.5″ tall. The baby mug is 3″ tall.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Individual Beanpot

This individual beanpot is approximately 4″ tall.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Sherbet

The sherbet was later produced in the ringware line.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Spice Jar

The spice jar came in three different sizes (listed as #1, #2 and #3) and was later produced in the ringware line.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Mixing Bowls

Bauer offered mixing bowls in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from the large 3 1/2 gallon #1 bowl (approximately 16″ diameter), down to the tiny #36 bowl (4″ diameter). Bowls came in 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 sizes; 9-36 are standard mixing bowl sizes.

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Setting

A simple, fun, and elegant place setting

QwkDog Bauer Pottery Plainware Carafe

Bauer made plainware servers through the early 1940s and are easy to find.