• 14
    Jan

The Outstanding Pottery & Tile of Santa Catalina Island

The Catalina story is a fascinating chapter in the history of Southern California ceramics. In operation for only 10 years, Catalina Clay Products—a project of the Santa Catalina Island Company—produced an extraordinary array of articles between 1927 and its takeover by major mainland competitor, Gladding-McBean & Co., in 1937. Ownership of the picturesque island, located […]

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  • 17
    Nov

Brayton Laguna set the Trend in Early Southern California Pottery

“In view of its innovation and influence, Brayton Laguna Pottery ranks as one of the foremost companies in the history of Southern California pottery.” Thus began the Brayton chapter of my book, “Collector’s Encyclopedia of California Pottery,” that Collector Books released back in the 1990s. Its importance, in my estimation, has only increased over the […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Bauer Pottery: Color for the Dinner Table and Beyond

Most people are familiar with the brightly colored ceramic dishes known as Fiesta. Homer Laughlin China of West Virginia introduced this line to an enthusiastic public in 1936. But the story of dinnerware in a range of cheery primary colors had its beginnings six years earlier, when the J A Bauer Pottery began producing its […]

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  • 11
    Sep

The Ups And Downs of Depression-Era Southern California Pottery

When collectors think about California Pottery, they probably picture the vividly colored dishes produced in the golden state during the Great Depression years by the “Big 5”—that would be Bauer, Catalina, Gladding-McBean, Metlox, Pacific, and Vernon Kilns. Colorful pottery used to be a ubiquitous feature of the lifestyle in the southern part of the Golden […]

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  • 13
    May

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair” or “gold joinery.” Kintsugi originated around the 15th century as a replacement for metal staples, the usual repair method of the time. Staples […]

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  • 21
    Apr

9 Hot Collectibles Categories to Consider for Investment Potential

Some collectors consider investment potential when buying antiques and collectibles. While not everyone agrees with this approach, a number of auctioneers and dealers gave their views on items with the most investment potential or that are currently “hot.” Auctioneers generally agree that today’s environment is much different from several years ago. Millennials—those people born between […]

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  • 29
    Jan

A Look at Cincinnati Pottery Before There Was Rookwood

For most antique lovers, the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati conjures up images of fine ceramics. Great decorators, combined with great glazes gave this art pottery a well-deserved national reputation. Few people know, however, that Cincinnati was also the scene of a thriving ceramic industry long before pottery began to be manufactured on the top of […]

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  • 2
    Dec

‘Thrift Hunter’ Jason T. Smith to Attend Christmas-Themed Tiki Event in SoCal

Jason T. Smith, the star of “Thrift Hunters” and a WorthPoint Worthologist with a penchant for all things tiki, will be bringing dozens of Polynesian-themed items to sell at the International Tiki Marketplace Holiday Edition Saturday, Dec. 6 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, Calif. The event—which will feature some 40-plus tiki vendors, live […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Bidders Can Travel around the World of Antiquities at Artemis Gallery’s Auction

BOULDER, CO – Artemis Gallery LIVE will get the jump on the Ides of March with an auction of fine antiquities, Pre-Columbian, Far Eastern, Native-American and ethnographic art on March 14, 2014. “This auction is truly special,” said Teresa Dodge, owner of Artemis Gallery LIVE. “Our usual offering of authentic ancient art is complemented by […]

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  • 14
    Sep

It’s All in the Marks: Strnact Pottery

This vase is made in the Art Nouveau style, circa 1900, and it was manufactured in Austria. The markings indicate that it was made by the Josef Strnact pottery from 1900 to 1933. The Strnact pottery, which employed more than 300 people in 1910, was founded by Josef Strnact, Jr., in 1881 in the former […]

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