At the height of the pottery craze in the 1930s, California boasted over 1,600 potteries. Manufacturers sprung up overnight to meet consumer demand for colored dinnerware, gardenware and artware. For many of these companies, few if any records exist. One of the hidden gems of the era was Padre Pottery. Very little is known about the company other than they operated in the mid-30s to approximately 1943 in Lincoln Heights district of Los Angeles, close to Pacific Clay Products and Bauer Pottery. From the photos, you can get a sense of the wide range of products offered by the company. Pitchers, bowls, teapots and artware are some of the more commonly found items today.
A large fire destroyed most of Padre’s manufacturing facility in 1943 – a common occurrence for potteries – and the company did not rebuild. Around 1942, most manufacturers had switched over to wartime production, dramatically reducing the amount of consumer goods produced during the war period. With such a large loss, the company was probably unable to rebuild due to financial losses, and the inability to scale to shift production capabilities to utility wares and other wartime products.