Savvy Franciscan Ware buyers…

September 14, 2010

"Chris and Rose Burke are buying Desert Rose Franciscan Ware. 'Look at the mark on the bottom,' Chris Burke says. His interest in the dinnerware began when his mother gave him her set. 'The value of all this is probably $350,' he says. They are paying substantially less."


Arts Gala, Pottery Festival kick off autumn activities

September 6, 2010
Franciscan Pottery is happy to promote 

The Richmond (Ky.) Area Arts Council will get things going on Friday with its 20th annual Arts Gala at the home of Marilyn and Ralph Hacker, beginning at 5 p.m. It will be highlighted by a 6:30 p.m. dinner show with the Cool Waters cowboy band. For tickets, visit or call 624-4242.

On Saturday and Sunday, the sixth annual Great American Pottery Festival with eight potters demonstrating their craft will take place in Richmond’s Irvine McDowell Park. More than 40 arts and crafts vendors will have their wares for purchase. 

Full article (and more upcoming Richmond events) By Bill Robinson, Senior News Writer:  Arts Gala, Pottery Festival

Annual Summer Pottery Sale This Weekend in Tacoma, Wash.

August 19, 2010
If you're in the area, mark your calendar…

The annual Summer Pottery Sale’s on again, where local ceramicists sell their wares at great prices and all in one place. You can get cups, bowls, vases, sculptural pieces and more, as well as seconds and older stock for cheap. 

Potter Susan Thompson, one of the artists selling at this weekend's Summer Pottery Sale, works in her temporary retail space at 913 Pacific. Photo Dean Koepfler/News Tribune.

The sale runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 20 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21 at 717 N. D St., Tacoma, in the Stadium District — down near Garfield Par

Adults with Developmental Disabilities Find Fulfillment in Pottery Program

August 19, 2010
At Franciscan Pottery we salute this worthy effort of PEP (Programs for Exceptional People) in South Carolina.

"Members of Programs for Exceptional People gathered Thursday for pottery class, rolling and pounding balls of clay into sheets that would later go over a mold. They'll add a design, fire it in the kiln and then paint on a glaze. Over the next several classes, each of the six members will have created their own piece."

"Part of the goal of PEP is to promote employment and independent living among its members." 

Read Justin Paprocki's full article on Find[ing] Fulfillment in Pottery Program.  

Rupert J. Deese dies at 85

August 18, 2010
Franciscan Pottery mourns the death of Rupert J. Deese on 27 July 2010, just two days after Max Lawrence died.

"He made elegant vessel ceramics in functional forms that were very well suited to the modern California home," Bobbye Tigerman, assistant curator of decorative arts and design at the museum, said.  "They fulfilled contemporary needs…. He was very much in touch with how Californians lived."

He worked in his studio during off hours, after his day jobs teaching art at Mt. San Antonio College or designing dinnerware for Franciscan. 

Max Lawrence dies at 98

August 18, 2010
At Franciscan Pottery we are sorry to hear of the passing on 25 July 2010 of Max Lawrence, co-founder (with wife, Rita) of Architectural Pottery in Los Angeles in 1950.

"The hallmarks of Architectural Pottery were graceful, geometrically shaped vessels, devoid of ornamentation and often large in scale. Radical for their time, their pure forms — cylinders, cones, bullets, gourds and totems — startled the eye in 1950s America, where fat-lipped terra-cotta pots had been the standard for generations."

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