Harry Bird

The artist and potter William “Harry” Bird designed several bespoke patterns for Vernon Kilns in the mid- to late-1930s. Little is known about Bird – there are rumors that he rented space in Vernon’s plant; there is no indication that he was an employee of the company and may have produced his work under contract or self-distributed. All of Harry Bird’s designs were produced on Vernon’s “Montecito” shape (Early California and others). Bird may have been the first to leverage the in-glazing technique of decorating, also used by Pacific Pottery on their decorated ware starting around 1935.

Olinala Ware
Vernon Kilns Harry Bird Aztec
QwkDog Vernon Kilns Harry Pottery Olinala Tumblers
Pattern List
  • Aztec: Montezuma-Aztec, Olinala-Aztec
  • Banded Flower (BB, BP, BY and BG designated patterns; first letter is for Bird, second is for color, number indicates flower pattern)
  • Bird Series (Scarlet Tanager, Parrots, Blue Birds, Bird Ring)
  • Blooming Cactus
  • Duo-tone (unless noted, with matte glazes):
    • Beige (single color)
    • Bridal Satin (ivory color)
    • Pomegranate
    • Evening Star (blue and ivory)
    • Golden Maple (burnt orange and ivory)
    • Avocado (green and ivory)
    • After Glow (yellow and ivory)
    • Tangerine (orange-red and ivory)
  • Flower series
    • Begonia
    • Bird’s Eye
    • Cassia
    • Checker Bloom
    • Chinese Lantern
    • Columbine
    • Desert Mallow
    • Desert Poppy
    • Eucalyptus
    • Fiddleneck
    • Geranium
    • Golden Brodiaea
    • Guatomote
    • Incienso
    • Iris
    • Lady Slipper
  • Flower series
    • Larkspur
    • Lily Blue
    • Lily Orange
    • Lion’s Tail
    • Lupin
    • Mariposa Tulip
    • Morning Glory
    • Nasturtium
    • Petunia
    • Phacelia
    • Trumpet Flower
    • Water Lily
    • Wild Pink
  • Nautical
    • Anchor, Flags, Lantern, Life Saver, Sextant, Square Knot, Wheel
  • Spectrum (geometric designs)
    • B-30X, Vert, Jaune, Multi-Flori California, Polychrome A-E
  • Tahiti A-C
  • Tropical Fish
    • Fantail