LA Pottery Show returns to Pasadena Center

The annual Los Angeles Pottery Show was once again held at the spacious Pasadena Center in lovely downtown Pasadena (home of the famous Rose Parade) the weekend of Feb. 9-10.

This is the largest pottery show in California and was bigger and better than ever this year with an expanded group of more than 100 dealers. There is always a strong focus on LA Pot 013 AT 3-5.jpgAmerican-made pottery, especially California companies and this year I noted especially strong selections of Bauer Pottery, Roseville, Weller and Rookwood as well as many other smaller firms.

This large and beautiful modern Moorcroft vase features a Tiffany window-style design titled “Oyster Bay.” A limited production item, it was being offered in the low thousands.

Although American pottery was predominant, there seemed to be even more fine English and European examples on sale this year including Royal Doulton, Moorcroft and Amphora-Teplitz.

LA Pot 015 AT 3-5.jpgEspecially appealing was the fact that there was pottery for every pocketbook, from a 1960s Modern pair of black candlesticks by Roselane for $40 to a large Boch Freres classic Art Deco vase for over $15,000.

The large and handsome green-glazed pigeon was one of a pair being offered by Bernard and Mary Heidtman of Blacksheep Antiques, Colorado Springs, Colo. They were well priced for less than $1,500.

I saw many choice pieces I drooled over such as a Roseville Future vase with thistle design, a pretty Weller Lasa vase and some contemporary Moorcroft. However budget constraints and space issues kept me in check.

For anyone who loves fine art and decorative pottery from antique to contemporary, you can’t beat a visit to this outstanding show which will return again next February.