Thursday, September 02, 2010

A collection…thanks to Mary and Linda

This is my Bauer pottery collection.  Did I mean to start a collection of Bauer pottery? No, it was quite accidental but I sure love it now. 

It all started when we went through Gary’s Mom, Mary’s possessions; but even then it wasn’t a real start.  “Hum, look at these pottery plates.”  Gary is from the Los Angeles area and said he remembered the Bauer factory. (Which, I’m guessing is where Mary bought the plates at a very low cost.)  Then we packed them in an old picnic basket and forgot about them.DSCN1129

We again came across them while we were cleaning out our rented storage a few years after we started full time RVing .  “These are really neat.  We should start using them in the fifth wheel.” 

Mary “willed” us four 9-1/2” plates, the maroon, orange and two green. I think they are called luncheon plates but are perfect to use as smaller portion dinner plates. I later bought the yellow one and also a beautiful blue one the color of the little flower pot.  (The blue one later was among the two bags of broken dishes I had one particularly bumpy travel day on I-10 in the Southeast U.S.)Mary and Gary - 1942 or 43 copy

Mary with her only child Gary.

Enter Gary’s cousin Linda who grew up with Gary in Los Angeles: I’m not sure she knew we had a set of Bauer plates but did know that I love love love blue so gave me the little blue #3 flower pot.  Yes, it was now really a collection!DSC05874

Linda on the left with Gary and their cousin Rhonda.

A few weeks ago during a visit with Linda and Clif in Hermosa Beach she gifted me with a large 10-1/2” green dinner plate. (Top in the first photo) I plan to use it as a serving platter.

I thought all of the plates were of the Ringware pattern but wonder if the yellow plate is possibly another pattern called Monterey?  The bottom is a bit different plus the rings on the face are closer together. DSCN1278

All of the plates have a three-point potter’s mark and imprint “Bauer Los Angeles---Made in U.S.A.DSCN1276

The imprint is deeper as with this green plate or more shallow depending on how many of the pottery plates were in the run.  As the run continued the imprint became more shallow as bits of pottery stuck in the form.  Some are quite faint but still legible.


The yellow plate--note that the rings are closer together than the other Ringware.

DSCN1283The adorable little #3 blue pot. It is about 3’ tall and 4” wide. I fill it with shells, sand dollars and bits of sea glass I find during our travels. DSCN1280

It also has the typical three-point potter’s mark, Bauer imprint and a #3 indicating its size.

While I was browsing the internet for information about vintage Bauer pottery I learned that a company has reintroduced Bauer 2000 pottery at a studio near the original factory.

The new company even has a blog: 

I would love to say that I am searching for more pieces but where would I put them in my RV home?  BUT. . .if one jumps up in front of me I will find a place for it!  Well, MAYBE, just maybe, I need to have a set of six plates.  UMMM.

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