Survey of Mid-Century Ceramics, Part 1

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Dealer Spotlight: Len Collective in San Luis Obispo, CA

Len Collective all began with the passion of jewelry designer Shannon Len. From creating herbal tinctures with her mother and sister, to collecting sage along the Big Sur coast, she has always respected honest, devoted creators with similar respect for the earth.  As a long-time collector of unique artisan goods from across the globe, she eventually curated her own space of beauty and inspiration. Len Collective is now a brick and mortar shop in San Luis Obispo, CA featuring handmade jewelry, natural apothecary, home goods, and one-of-a-kind gifts.

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April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Harness Springtime with Flower-Filled Ceramics

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Planting, styling, and photo by Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty.

Although a nice snake plant or fiddle-leaf fig always looks lovely in one of our Case Study Ceramic® planters, spring has us feeling colorful and lively. Flowers sometimes require a little more effort than a succulent or shrub, but there is no better way to usher in the vibrant colors of spring. Here are a few examples of Case Study Ceramics, perfectly-planted with springtime flowers. Show us yours by tagging us @Modernica on Instagram.

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Planting, styling, and photo by Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty.

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Planting, styling, and photo by Alessandro Rumie of FACE Stockholm.

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Planting, styling, and photo by Alessandro Rumie of FACE Stockholm.

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Planting, styling, and photo by Dana Miller of House Tweaking.

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Planting, styling, and photo by Dana Miller of House Tweaking.

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Planting, styling, and photo by Stephanie Donaldson of The Enduring Gardener.

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April 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Express Your Love with Ceramics! 15% Off When You Buy 2 or More through Valentine’s Day

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February 5th, 2016|0 Comments

In With the New! Check out our Latest Shapes in Ceramics

Case Study Ceramic® XL Cylinder

If you’ve ever seen a large Case Study Ceramic® Cylinder in person, you know it’s big. The new XL Cylinder is downright enormous. With enough volume to house almost any indoor-sized tree or shrub, this new piece makes a big statement.

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The Case Study Ceramic® Apex

The Apex shape is unusual enough to catch the eye, yet simple enough to meld into different design styles. Similar to the Case Study Ceramic® Wok, its funnel-like shape is a bit deeper with a smaller overall size. Available with both metal and walnut stands.

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January 29th, 2016|0 Comments