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William Manker (1911 - 1989) California Pottery 12 piece Ceramic Set
For your consideration, a rare 12 piece set of William John Manker ceramics circa 1950's. The set is composed of serving plates, cups, and a large pedestal platter; all are in matched glazes of green and dark brown, and all (except chipped pieces which are noted in items description as listed below) are in excellent un-used condition. William John Manker (1911-1989) studied at Chouinard Art Institute and began his ceramics career in 1926 with the Batchelder-Wilson Tile Company. In 1932 he opened his own Pasadena studio and quickly attracted a following. As the business prospered larger facilities were found in 1935 at Padua Hills, producing beautiful vases, bowls, ashtrays, lamp bases and florist items. Like many California potters, rising imports and labor costs in the late fifties adversely affected the business and by 1935 William Manker Pottery production ceased. In 1935 Manker was hired by Scripps College to head the ceramics program. Manker Ceramics were easily recognizable by their distinctive glazes. Usually Manker would begin with a base color, over, which was, blended a contrasting color. In addition another color would be employed on the inside of a piece.
The set includes the following pieces:
One 12" x 12" x 3" pedestal platter, in excellent over-all condition, one chipped corner and small chip to rim.
Four 10" x 7¾" green and brown glaze. Two in mint condition, one with one pinhole chip to rim, one moderately chipped.
Five cups 3 ¼" high, 3 ½" in diameter, green and brown glaze. Mint condition.
One 6" x 3" leaf dish, green glaze. Mint condition
One 3" x 2 ½" x 1 3/8" miniature vase green glaze. Mint condition
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Loren Hammer, Mendocino, CA
Offering Paintings, Art Glass, Ceramics and Fine Collectables, Specializing in Mid-Century