Catalina Island Pottery History

On November 21, 2012, in Pottery, by nancy

Catalina Island Pottery, Avalon, CA  1927-1939

Catalina Pottery is one of the most famous and much loved potteries in the U.S.  To dress up the island and attract tourism, William Wrigley Jr. built the plant and was determined to remake Avalon “a monument to the early beginnings of California.”  The tiled facades, patios, stairways, rooftops and fountains remain the most concentrated public expression of the Golden Age.  The vast majority of island tiles are the cuerda seca type, though a few relief tiles were produced as well, influenced by the aesthetics of Moorish Spain, Tunisia and Mexico.



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