Designed by Louis Ipsen, featuring bright glazes produced by Victor Houser, and masterfully executed by potter Matt Carlton, Bauer launched their plainware California Colored Pottery line in 1930. The colors in the original lineup included Chinese yellow, Delphinium blue, and Jade green. Over the next couple of 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 added the “ringware” version of the pottery in 1933, but continued to produce some plainware items until at least 1941. View the full piece list here.
Potter Matt (Matterson) Carlton arrived in Los Angeles in 1915. After a brief stint at Pacific Clay Products, Matt joined Bauer as a turner. Carlton began turning out a variety of artware and vases, including the iconic Rebekah vase. Following the style trends of the Arts & Crafts movement, the earliest of Bauer’s artware was glazed in a matte green finish similar to other pottery manufacturers of the period.