Inspire Me Monday: Wok Planting with Shawna Coronado

If you still haven’t fitted out your planter garden for the summer season, here’s a beautiful how-to from author and public speaker, Shawna Coronado. Don’t have the perfect Case Study Ceramic container yet? No worries; find one here.

Shawna Coronado spends her days learning about sustainable ideas and trying to inspire others to find their socially-good selves. Her photos and writing appear in many magazines, books, and online media. She’s published several organic lifestyle books, including four books about gardening. The fifth will be out late 2016.

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May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Survey of Mid-Century Ceramics, Part 3: Architectural Pottery Collection

Architectural Pottery was instrumental in bringing mid-century modern ceramics to the masses, but it was not founded by ceramicists. Max and Rita Lawrence were simply two business people with an eye for great design and greater opportunity.

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Photo courtesy of the Museum of California Design.

The couple noticed the potential of new modern ceramics designs when they saw the work from students of LaGardo Tackett at the California School of Arts. Those pieces were produced as the Architectural Pottery Collection and the local design community took notice.  Soon artists like David Cressey, John Follis and Rex Goode were designing ceramic pieces for the line and influential architects such as Richard Neutra and A. Quincy Jones were placing the pots and planters in newly-designed homes. History had been made.

Many of the sculptural planters and ceramics you see in old photos of Case Study Houses included pieces by Architectural Pottery, and each of their products are highly-valued works of art today.


 Photo courtesy of Vessel USA Inc.


Photo by Julius Shulman.


Photo by Julius Shulman.


 Photo courtesy of Vessel USA Inc.


Photo by Julius Shulman.


Photo by Julius Shulman.


 Photo courtesy of Vessel USA Inc.


Photo courtesy of a San Francisco Clockwork Orange.


 Photo courtesy of Vessel USA Inc.

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Photo courtesy of Esoteric Survey.


 Photo courtesy of Vessel USA Inc.


Photo courtesy of Esoteric Survey.


Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Modern Auctions.

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May 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Survey of Mid-Century Ceramics, Part 2: David Cressey

Over the course of a six-decade career as a sculptor, potter and painter, David Cressey developed a distinctive aesthetic that rendered the character and ideology of post-war California. While his aesthetic ran more along the sculpture route, he also designed housewares and decorative ceramics for studios like Architectural Pottery.


Planters designed for Architectural Pottery, 1950s. Photo courtesy of Hildebrandt Studio.

Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Cressey was incredibly prolific and proved influential to the modern pottery movement. In his later career, he founded Earthgender Ceramics with his long time friend, studio ceramicist Robert Maxwell. The works produced during the Earthgender years represent not only an exercise in technique, but also a statement of the artist duo. Cressey continued to work and sculpt until his death in 2013.


Turquoise glaze sculpture, 1960s. Photo courtesy of


Hand thrown glazed table lamp, 1959. Photo courtesy of the Atomic Threshhold.


Photo courtesy of Hildebrandt Studio.


Sculpture, 1960s. Photo courtesy of The Forrest L. Merrill Collection.


Stoneware wall, 1963. Photo courtesy of


White glaze ceramic planters for Architectural Pottery, 1960s. Photo courtesy of


Table lamps with Leaf texture, 1963. Photo courtesy of Artnet.


Earthgender planters.


Photo courtesy of Hildebrandt Studio.

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May 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Video: Erica in the House on Modernica Ceramics and Choosing Houseplants

In this episode of TLC’s Erica in the House, Erica Domesek of P.S.–I Made This starts with a quick tour of our factory and ceramics department. Get her take on choosing and planting the perfect houseplants for your Case Study Ceramics®.


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May 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Survey of Mid-Century Ceramics, Part 1


Ceramics by Gertrud and Otto Natzler, 1950s. Photo courtesy of Jackie Masters.

While 19th-century and early 20th-century ceramics were a result of imports from places like Japan and Europe, World War II brought international trade to a standstill. This opened up an opportunity for local artisans and craftsmen that had never existed before in the United States; local studios flourished and a new era of pottery was born.

California’s building boom also sparked an immediate need for decor and housewares and local studios rose to the occasion. As mid-century modernism bloomed and blossomed, ceramics followed suit, resulting in minimalist shapes and archetypal forms in a wild array of new color and glaze techniques. The works that exist from this period are now considered valuable works of art, some of which have become extremely valuable in a relatively-short period of time.

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Ceramics by Rose Cabat, 1950s. Photo courtesy of TMOF. 4207-m0sl

Glazed vessel by Robert Maxwell, 1960s. Photo courtesy of Savacool and Sons.


Desert bowls by Glen Lukens, 1935–45. Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest.


Serving platter by Edmund Ronaky, 1950s. Photo courtesy Ink361.


Works by Harrison McIntosh, 1960s. Photo courtesy of the Eichler Network.


Maddux of California Pottery platter. Photo courtesy of Brownfield Supplies.


Pottery by David Cressey, 1960s. Photo courtesy of Hildebrandt Studio.



Casual California Pitcher by Vernonware, 1953. Photo courtesy of Ruby Lane.


Ash Tray by Jacquin California Artware, 1960s. Photo courtesy of Artfire.

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April 28th, 2016|0 Comments