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California Faience Pottery

One of the most celebrated ceramic traditions to emerge from the west coast in the 20th century, California Faience pottery produced an entire range of pieces that showcased the technique of faience glazing, a method known for its intense luminosity that can trace its roots to the ancient world.

Faience earthenware pieces are treated with a slip including silver oxide, which helps to create a smooth white surface on which painted additions can be made. The technique has been used throughout history as a means of creating remarkably glistening glazes with incredibly intricate patterns and motifs, and is celebrated in the studio of California Faience.

Founded by William Bragdon and Chauncy Thomas in 1915, California Faience grew rapidly into popularity for its pieces ranging from decorative... Read more

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