Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Sale Weekend 2 & Final Weekend Preview

We had another great weekend at the showroom, while managing to avoid this week's rain. Thank you to everyone who came by for a visit. We hope that everyone was able to find a little something for themselves or were able to check off a name or two on their shopping list.

Did you get some tomato soup and a sandwich from the Grilled Cheese Truck on Saturday? We fueled up midday with some mac & cheese and short rib grilled cheese sandwiches with a side of tater tots.

While we've had two great weekends, but we still have a lot of pottery at the showroom. If you're around and still need to do some shopping, you should come by this weekend. We're taking an additional 30% off of the already discounted sticker prices!

This Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18 will be the last day's to shop at the showroom until March, 2012. These are the best prices you'll get on Bauer Pottery anywhere at any time, so don't miss out.

If great deals on Bauer, Russel Wright, Sunset and Corita pottery aren't enough, we'll have the Pie n' Burger truck stopping by for lunch on Saturday. If you're a Southern California resident, especially from the San Gabriel Valley, you've probably grown up with Pie n' Burger. If not, we'll give you two guesses as to what they do well. If you said, "Shakes and fries," you'd also be right. They were recently featured in the L.A. Weekly's "30 Burgers in 30 Days". Pie 'n Burger: Cheeseburger

So, come by and shop, eat and be merry!

Visit the Holiday Sale page for all of the details.

More pictures from this past weekend...
Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 2
There are always some early arrivals.

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 2

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 2
The Grilled Cheese Truck has landed!
Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 2

Photos by Bauer Pottery, except Pie n' Burger Truck by Pie n' Burger, Pie n' Burger Cheeseburger by Guzzle & Nosh

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Sale - Weekend 2 Preview

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1

The second weekend of the Holiday Sale is just around the corner, so we're going to throw out a refresher for both returning a first time shoppers.

The Bauer Pottery showroom is where all of our "seconds" end up.  What are seconds?  They are the not-quite-perfect pieces that come out of the factory.  Nothing broken, nothing chipped, just a little glaze skip here, a pinhole there. Most of the time we have to point out the flaw to our customers.  Our standards are pretty high, if we do say so ourselves (and we do say so).

Holiday Sale - Weekend 2

Since the pieces are not firsts, the prices aren't either.  Everything in the showroom starts at 30% off of retail.  If a piece is slightly less than a second, we'll knock off a few more dollars.  The added bonus at the Holiday Sale is that we double down on the discounts.  Last weekend was an additional 20% off of the discounted showroom price.  This weekend, that discount goes up to 25%.

Another reason to come to the Holiday Sale this weekend?  Grilled cheese!

It's been over 20 months since their last visit, but the Grilled Cheese Truck will be making another stop at the showroom this Saturday, from 11am to 2pm.  That means buttery crunchy bread, melty cheese, tomato-y soup and so much more deliciousness.

What's that?  You don't live near Southern California, but you still would like to shop for seconds?  We have you covered.  Starting on December 19th, we'll post a selection of seconds on our web store.  Since it takes a bit more work to move pieces back to the factory to pack and ship, the discounts aren't quite as deep, but you're still getting a great deal.  The only possible downside is that the online seconds will not ship until after the first of the year.  Just think of it as an after-Christmas sale that you get to shop before Christmas.

Subscribe to our email list, keep checking our Holiday Sale page or like us on Facebook for all of the updates and news about all of the holiday sales.

Holiday Sale - Weekend 1 Review

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1

It seems like just two weeks ago it was Thanksgiving and now we're already into the the thick of the Christmas season. One weekend down and one (or is it two?) more to go for the annual Holiday Sale. The first weekend was a great success for both Bauer and for our customers, who made off with some beautiful pottery at a great price.

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1

It's always nice to seem familiar faces who come by year in and year out and we're always glad to welcome the newcomers to the showroom. If you're in town and can stop by, please come visit us this weekend.

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1

We had two great food trucks over the past weekend. Lidia's Dominican Kitchen was here on Saturday serving up great Dominican food. I had a Patacon Pisao, a pork sandwich, with plantains in the place of bread. Sunday, the Crispy Waffle & Frite truck made a lunch stop, serving up Liège (a.k.a. Belgian) waffles, in both sweet and savory varieties. The special Bacon, Brie & Basil waffle was great and if you like sweet, do not miss the Speculoos n' Cream.

Scroll down for a few more images from this past weekend...

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1
Though there's plenty of pottery to go around, there's always a few who arrive before the doors open.

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1
Moments after the doors open.

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1
Lidia's Dominican Kitchen & the Patacon Pisao

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1
Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1
Crispy Waffle & Frite truck and their Bacon, Brie & Basil Waffle

Holiday Sale 2011 - Weekend 1
I get to include a picture of this pooch, the sweetest Blue Heeler named Cookie, because there's a Ringware Dog Bowl behind her.

For more details including hours, directions and more, please visit our Holiday Sale page.

Friday, November 18, 2011

2011 Holiday Sale!

Holiday Sale - Showroom Sign

It seems like just 12 months ago we were telling you about last year's annual Holiday Sale.

If you can think past next week's festivities and feasting and football, take a moment to jot down the dates for this year's sale in your calendar (iPhone 4s users just ask Siri to remind you).

Saturday & Sunday
December 3 & 4 and 10 & 11
9am - 5pm

We have lots of pottery on the shelves, as we do every year. We'll also have some new pieces from the Corita by Bauer line.


We're also excited to have some great food trucks back for the sale. Starting of on the first Saturday, December 3rd, we'll have Lidia's Dominican Kitchen.

Lidia's Dominican Kitchen: Exterior

They serve up great Dominican fare, as you may have already surmised. I'd recommend the Pernil or the Patacon Pisao.

For complete information on the sale, visit the Holiday Sale page.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pictures from around the showroom

Rosslyn Pot Rosslyn Pots in Federal Blue and Bauer Orange

Bauer Pottery Showroom Seconds in Parrot Green, Bauer Yellow & Aqua

Bauer Pottery Showroom Russel Wright American Modern dinnerware in Coral, Sea Foam, Chartreuse, White & Granite

Corita by Bauer ~ Mugs Corita by Bauer, coming soon

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bauer Gift Certificates Available During the KCRW Pledge Drive

We already know that you’re a fan of Bauer Pottery, but if you also enjoy public radio, why not combine your passions and support KCRW? Their bi-annual pledge drive started last night and to support their fund raising, we’ve given ten $100 gift certificates as pledge premiums.

You can listen over the air all over Southern California, anywhere with an internet connection at or on your Android, Blackberry or iPhone.

Gift certificates can be redeemed over the phone (888) 213-0800 or at our showroom in Los Angeles, were you can purchase discounted seconds. Either way, you will also receive an additional discount when you show us your KCRW Fringe Benefits card.

In addition to the Bauer gift certificate and the Fringe Benefits card, you’ll be entered into all sorts of sweepstakes and daily drawings for prizes including trips to Barcelona, laptops, iPads and more. Listen to the pledge drive or check their web site for more details.

The Bauer gift certificates are only available at the time they are announced on the air, so you need to be listening when they make the announcement and then you can call in and claim one for yourself. The pledge line is (800) 600-KCRW or (800) 600-5279.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Pottery Repair & Restoration by Yesterware

Oil Jar during repair (left) and after (right)

We get the call once or twice a month.

A semi-distraught voice tells us how a vintage piece of Bauer, which has been in the family for a generation or two, got chipped, cracked or broken.

"Do you do repairs?"

"Can you match this glaze?"

"Do you sell a kit?"

Our answer to all of this type of question regrettably has been "no." We've also never had a good place to refer anyone for this type of work, until now.

We found Mike & Netta Yaeck while shopping for some vintage pieces on eBay. They were selling a Bauer Honey Jar bottom with a reproduction lid that they had made. After purchasing the honey jar from them we wanted to find out more about how they came to making vintage Bauer reproductions.

Mike & Netta have been working under the company name Yesterware out of their studio in Bakersfield for the past 10 years. While they were both collectors, they were not in the pottery business before Yesterware. He was a general contractor and she was a silversmith.

This Rebekah Vase was missing a handle before Yesterware created a new one.

Wanting to repair some of their own pieces, they researched repair techniques and started fixing up pottery as a hobby. The hobby became a full-time job and now they do a lot of custom work for auction houses as well as taking in private jobs.

Their service starts at $75.00 to repair chips and goes up from there. In addition to chip repair, they can fix cracks, reassemble broken pieces and even reproduce entire parts, as we found out with our honey pot.

If you have a piece that you'd like repaired, please call Mike & Netta at (661) 32-BAUER [22837] or by email at

Of course, if you need to replace a piece with some Bauer 2000, you can always give us a call!

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Bottom photo: D&M Tile, Los Angeles, circa 1930, repaired by Yesterware
All photos courtesy of Mike & Netta Yaeck of Yesterware.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Russel Wright Honored as a "Pioneer of American Industrial Design" by the U.S. Postal Service

How does one measure the irony that you are probably reading this piece about a United States Postal Service stamp because you were directed here from an email?

While your minds are boggling, please take note that just last week the USPS issued a collection of stamps honoring "Pioneers of American Industrial Design." Among the twelve honorees is the designer of American Modern® dinnerware, Russel Wright.

Though the image on the stamp is of Wright's flatware and not his pottery, we're still very excited about the recognition of his contributions to American industrial design. The Postal Service describes his work as follows:

Specializing in household products, Russel Wright revolutionized the way we live at home. He designed at a time when growing numbers of Americans were shedding the prim conventions of the early 20th century in favor of simple and informal practicality. During his career, Wright created affordable modern furniture and tableware characterized by minimal but elegant forms. Each stainless-steel piece of Highlight/Pinch flatware (pictured on the stamp) featured an organically shaped handle and no applied ornament. Wright designed the flatware in 1950 to complement his many lines of tableware.

Russel Wright
Wright in his New York studio (c. 1944)

The other designers honored on the stamp sheet are Peter Müller-Munk, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Raymond Loewy, Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Henry Dreyfuss, Norman Bel Geddes, Dave Chapman, Greta von Nessen, Eliot Noyes, Gilbert Rohde and Robert Heller.

The collection of stamps is available via the USPS online Postal Store and at your local Post Office.

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Photos courtesy of the United States Postal Service (top & bottom) and Russel Wright Studios (middle)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Grill Plate

Grill Plate

The shape is familiar to you.

You recognize it, yes, but something's different.

It's... it's not dull and white.

Oh! It's not made of paper or styrofoam. It's pottery. Beautiful glazed earthenware. What else? Five colors? Five gorgeous Bauer colors* you say?

Grill Plate

Yes, the classic Bauer Grill Plate is available once again. Modeled in three sections and measuring eleven inches across, the Grill Plate is available in Bauer Orange, Bauer Yellow, Turquoise, Aqua and Federal Blue, as pictured above.

Did you think, like I did, that the sectioned plate was the introduced circa-whenever you first saw one as a kid?

The real answer is we don't know exactly when it was invented. It probably is not an original Bauer design, but J.A. Bauer Pottery did manufacture these plates as early as the 1930s.

Click here to begin shopping for the Grill Plate now.

(Click on the four arrows on the bottom right for the full-screen view.)

*Okay, we're making it in white too, for nostalgia sake, but you already have an idea of what that looks like.

Bauer & American Modern on the Food Network

Grill It! with Bobby Flay
Shrimp skewers and yogurt sauce.

Everyone outside of Los Angeles thinks that everyone inside Los Angeles has something or another to do with Hollywood. This is not true. I mean, we make pottery. What have we got to do with the movies? Last time I checked pottery was not integral to the film making process.

Then, of course, someone comes along and decides to ruin my point. Actually, my point was ruined years ago. Bauer Pottery has been showing up in movies as far back as the days of the Marx Brothers and Shirley Temple. In more recent decades, one might have seen Bauer pottery in movies such as The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Short Cuts and Because I Said So (we're told that Diane Keaton is a Bauer collector).

Current television viewers have pointed out that on the appropriately-titled Modern Family, the Dunphy kitchen is fully outfitted with American Modern® pottery.

American Modern Family
Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) is framed by American Modern® Lug Bowls and Coffee Cups.

A new place to see a lot of Bauer and Russel Wright pottery is on the Food Network, specifically Bobby Flay's show Grill It!

Check your local listings or the Food Network site to find air dates and times for the show or you can catch some clips below. Click on the still images to enlarge.

Grill It! with Bobby Flay
Flay with an American Modern Lug Bowl in hand and plating on a Chop Platter.

Grill It! with Bobby Flay
The final dish, Pork Tenderloin Greek Salad on an American Modern Chop Platter.

Watch the clip here.

Claire Robinson on Grill It! with Bobby Flay
Claire Robinson preparing a stuffed tenderloin. Bauer Ringware Vase and Tumbler in Lime Green bottom left.

Grill It! with Bobby Flay
Stuffed tenderloin plated on a Bauer Yellow 14" Round Platter.

Watch the clip here.

Shrimp skewers and yogurt sauce. Photo at the top of the post. Watch the clip here.

Click here for more stills from Grill It!

Copyright for photos & video from Grill It! by the Food Network and photo from Modern Family by ABC.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Historic Palos Verdes Homes Tour

"Historic Palos Verdes" Homes Tour
The Palos Verdes Arts Center recently held their annual Historic Homes Tour fundraiser in the coastal suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The event supports visual arts exhibition, education and community outreach programs by non-profit arts center.

One of the three historic residences on the tour is owned by Bauer customer and collector John Phillips. John invited Bauer Pottery to augment his personal collection by providing an outdoor table setting.

"Historic Palos Verdes" Homes Tour

The vintage Bauer designs fit in perfectly with the 1920s home.

"Historic Palos Verdes" Homes Tour

"All three residences, selected because of their historical significance in the early development of the area, were built in the mid to late 1920s. All three are variations of the Spanish Revival architecture - popular in that era - each has its own unique features and colorful history."
- Palos Verdes Arts Center

Photos by John Phillips

Shallow Dog Bowl on

Thanks to for the mention of the Shallow Dog Bowl as their "Product of the Day." We appreciate the love and we're fans of you too!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Home By Sunset Collection Spring Sale

Home By Sunet

For a limited time, prices for the entire Home By Sunset Collection are reduced by 30%. Take advantage of these Spring prices while you're shopping for Mother's Day or planning your 2011 garden. Sale runs through Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8th, 2011.

View a slideshow of the collection below, or just click now and start filling your home and garden with beautiful pieces from our Home By Sunset Collection.

Click the "expand" button in the bottom, right hand corner for a beautiful, full-screen slide show!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Showroom Sale

Holiday Sale 2010 - Final Day

We've bypassed Spring and gone right into Summer here in L.A. Get out and enjoy the warm weather and stop by the Bauer Showroom while you're at it.

We'll be here, Saturday and Sunday, April 2nd and 3rd.

Full details are available on the Showroom Sale page.

We've got lots and lots of pottery and some special deals only available at the Showroom on Dinner Plates, Salad Plates and 16 inch Oil Jars.