Harry Bird
Vernon Kilns Harry Bird

The artist and potter William “Harry” Bird designed for Vernon Kilns and Bauer 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.

Bird produced dozens of different patterns and designs, all of which are highly valued by collectors today. Here are a few of the most prominent design series.

Vernon Kilns Harry Bird Logo
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Flower Series

Harry Bird produced 31 different designs for his popular Flower Series.

Flower Series
Fish Series

COMING SOON

Bird’s Fish designs are some of the most sought after patterns.

Fish Series
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Olinala Ware

According to Vernon Kiln’s advertising, Olinala ware was commissioned by the famous actress Dolores Del Rio. Even if just a marketing stunt, Bird’s beautiful Olinala-Aztec and Montezuma-Aztec patterns set a romantic Mexican-influenced table.

Olinala Ware
Spectrum Series

COMING SOON

Bird created a wide variety of colorful geometric patterns in the Spectrum Series.

Spectrum Series
Harry Bird Logo Design

Show your Harry Bird spirit with this logo design available in my Society6 shop! Available on a wide variety of items, including t-shirts, mugs and clocks.

Vernon Kilns Bird Logo
Vernon Kilns Bird Logo Tee
Vernon Kilns Bird Logo Mug