Thursday, December 15, 2011

Made in America Christmas: Bauer Pottery

The Christmas Countdown is on!  Ten days.  Wow.  Is it just me, or was this one of the fastest years ever?  Honestly, I don't know where the time went.

My sister and I have teamed up for a weekly series every Thursday until Christmas.  We are featuring a few of our favorite made in American products.
For today's made in America pick, I am featuring Bauer Pottery.

Here is a little bit about Bauer Pottery { taken from their website }

"Starting in Louisville, Kentucky, and then flourishing in Los Angeles, California, J. A. Bauer Pottery Company created simple, yet beautiful stoneware from the late 1880s to the early 1960s. With lines ranging from redware flowerpots to brilliantly colored dinnerware, Bauer Pottery was a staple in American homes for many decades.  Inspired by the weather and lifestyles of Southern California, Bauer Pottery created many different lines for the home and garden.  Bauer introduced new, richly colored styles after the Depression which met with overwhelming success. It wasn't long before all the major pottery companies in the United States began to follow with their own interpretations of Bauer's vision.  Today, the work of J.A. Bauer has been reintroduced by a ceramics studio in Los Angeles, located just minutes from the original plant. The new Bauer line, Bauer 2000, is being produced using original pieces as models, with an emphasis on items originally manufactured by Bauer in the 1930s and 40s."

Bauer manufactures a few different lines:  Bauer 2000 pottery styled after Bauer vintage American pottery, Russel Wright's American Modern® line of dinnerware and gardenware under the Home by SunsetTM banner.

You may have heard of Russell Wright before.  He was an iconic American industrial designer who designed several lines of dinnerware.  He believed in easy, informal living and influenced the way Americans lived in the mid 20th century.

I love the creamer.  My Mom actually has a vintage one.  You can often find vintage Russell Wright pieces at antique sales and vintage shops.  Click here to see the entire line of Russell Wright's American Pottery line.

I think these nested mixing bowls are beautiful.  The bright colors are so fun.  They would make a great addition to any kitchen, don't you think?

Here's the description of the Monterey Pitcher from the website: 

"Fifty-four ounces of lemonade, Bloody Marys, water, margaritas, iced tea, Long Island iced tea, orange juice…I could go on all day. Stands seven and a half inches tall."

With a description like that, how can you not love this pitcher!  Comes in lots of beautiful colors too.

The classic lines of the cake stand means it will never go out of style.  I love it!  It is also available in several more colors.

Bauer Pottery & Sunset Magazine teamed up to produce a line of beautiful gardenware.  Click here to see the entire Sunset Collection.

Bauer didn't forget about Fido - they have an entire collection devoted to pets.  Check out the food & water bowls here.

Like color?  Bauer's 2000 line is offered in the colors shown below.  So pretty.  Of course, my favorites are Parrot Green, Chartreuse, and Lime Green. 
What do you think?  Do you like Bauer Pottery?  They offer many more beautiful pieces.  Head on over to their website to see their entire product line.  You can purchase directly from the website or check out this list by state of stores that sell Bauer.  If Christmas wasn't so close, I think I would add a few Bauer pottery pieces to my list!

See the other Made in America Christmas posts here and here.

And don't forget to visit A Little Ditty to see my sister's made in America picks this week.  I don't think her post will be up until sometime tomorrow.

{ all photos taken from the Bauer Pottery website }


  1. Love Bauer pottery. Wish I had a few pieces. My MIL has some fabulous vintage pitchers and creamers! Love the colours!

  2. I love the colors of their pieces! Thanks for introducing Bauer to us- I'd never heard of them before!

  3. Thank you for this posting series. I have enjoyed learning about the American made items. I now need to get me some of this great pottery.

  4. The Made in America is such a cool series, thank you for the great gift ideas! I actually toured Russell Wrights home in upstate NY. It was very unique. I really like his designs.

    I am so excited to make those marshmallows! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. This is a great idea for a series, and the Bauer pottery is amazing, I'm coveting that cake stand. I'm heading over to their website, thanks!

  6. Lovely pottery! Those colors are fabulous.

  7. Wow, all of their stuff is so cute! I had never heard of them so now I am excited to go check out their website.


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