Pacific Pottery Artware Catalog

Pacific Pottery Artware Catalog & Price List

Late 1930s or early 1940-41 period Pacific Pottery artware catalog with wholesale pricing. Based on advertising from the period, the wholesale prices are roughly half retail. Click on any image to enlarge.

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Early Art & Gardenware

Pacific Art & Gardenware

“If you can’t sell what you make, make what you can sell.”

In the early 1930s, as production from their commercial pipe and tile business was slowing down, Pacific Clay Products began to produce architectural terra cotta and expand their offerings for garden and artware. 

“Manufacture of architectural terra cotta was begun shortly before the beginning of the past year and while the volume of business has not as yet been large, the product has been excellent and is growing in popularity. The line of garden pottery and artware has been considerably enlarged. These products are manufactured in the same department and it is believed that with the return of normal conditions, will prove important additions to your company’s lines.”

According to a 1992 interview with Ken Barrette, Pacific Clay’s accountant and Secretary to the Board, Pacific attempted to use a hand-painted glaze on their stoneware body (used to make crockery). However, they found the stoneware to be too heavy and prone to crazing. Their ceramics lab began to add talc to the clay to make it less absorbent. This change also resulted in the creation of lighter-bodied ware, paving the way for their dinnerware lines.

Many of the early Pacific Pottery early artware designs may be one of a kind. According to Ken:

“We had a man who had a potter’s wheel. When there was a convention of potters, independent salespeople could come and see it [the pottery], we would always have this man take his potter’s wheel down there and make whatever anyone asked for. Somebody could come along and say “Can you do this” and he’d do it…The man [whose name was forgotten] wasn’t an employee of ours, he was hired as a contractor for this type of work. No employees made hand thrown pottery on a full-time basis.”

“One of our jiggermen could operate a wheel in a rough sort of way, but we never made anything commercially that was produced on the potter’s wheel. He would produce a sample or two, a glaze would be selected, and the item would be shown around to stores and buyers. If there was any interest in it, we would make molds for it, and either jigger or cast it.”

Pacific Pottery Artware

Pacific Pottery Artware Vases

Pacific Pottery Artware #4601 Dancing Girl Vase and #4600 Bubble Girl Vase

Pacific Pottery Artware & Gardenware

Early Pacific Pottery Artware and Gardenware is extremely desirable and very difficult to find. You can find early artware is glazed in the same colors as early Hostessware: Apache Red, Yellow, Green and Pacific Blue, but also a selection of custom glazes – both solids and blends. The later artware line is much more common, and pieces can easily be found at low prices.

Towards the late 1930s, artware took on a more fanciful form and the Pacific Pottery artware division began to glaze primarily in matte pastel colors popular in the day. Typical colors include (in matte) white, light green, light yellow, light blue, and (in gloss) pink and aqua. Two-tone blends are also common. In the later artware line (post-1935), there close to 400 documented pieces. Towards the end of pottery production, later artware can be found in Coralitos glazes, and many artware pieces carry the Coralitos brand sticker.

Check out my Pinterest Pacific Pottery artware board for images and reference numbers. Follow the links below for additional information on early and late period art and gardenware.