CALCO Mayan Profile Tile

On November 16, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products) So. Gate, CA This vintage tile has the face of a Mayan or Aztec warrior.  Glazing is a mix of tan, teal and brown with matte finish.  Can be framed, set into fireplace etc.  We have a 2nd tile with slightly darker glazing.  Sold individually. 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ x […]

Calco Vent Tiles

On October 28, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Clay Products (CALCO), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Also know as grills or ventilation tiles, these were originally designed for use in the transfer of heat, for stoves or fireplaces.   And they were also used in attics or foundations to let air thru.  These were made by CALCO and have their signature mottled glazing. […]

CALCO Adam & Eve Bookends

On October 17, 2017, in California Tiles, Miscellaneous Items, by nancy

California Clay Products (CALCO), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Selling vintage ceramic bookends depicting Adam & Eve.   Mottled glazing has a glossy finish and images are very three dimensional. 7″ wide x 6 1/2″ tall x 3″ thick (each piece) Excellent condition Qty = 1 set $425 set  

Vintage Ceramic Ashtray Assortment

On December 28, 2016, in Pottery, by nancy

Here are some of the vintage ceramic ashtrays we have right now.  There are a variety of pottery companies represented here:   Bauer, CALCO, Craftily, Malibu and Pewabic.  Contact us for more photos and details.    Sizes and prices vary.  

CALCO Flower Pots & Vines Tile

On November 4, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

California Clay Products, So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 This elegant floral relief tile depicts two flower pots with overflowing vines.   Look at the details on the borders as well.   Just absolutely an artistic and well-made vintage tile.   Rufus Keeler was the creative genius at CALCO, before he moved on to work at Malibu […]

Calco Castle Tile

On October 4, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

CALCO, California Clay Products, So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Sweet vintage tile depicts a medieval castle with Calco’s standard glaze.   Self framed. 3  3/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick Very good condition; never set.  The ‘dents’ happened before it was glazed and fired. Qty = 1 $250    

Calco Tile with Peacocks

On September 27, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products), So. Gate, CA   1923-1932 Vintage relief tile depicts 2 peacocks on the branches of a potted, flowing plant.  Wonderful details and glazing that one would expect from this great company.  Can be framed or used in a fireplace or other installation. 11  1/2′ long x 3  3/4″ wide x 1″ […]

CALCO Ashtray-Female Nude

On September 26, 2014, in Pottery, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Before Rufus Keeler helped form Malibu Potteries in 1926, he worked at CALCO.   This ashtray design was made by both companies, which leads us to believe the Mr. Keeler took this pattern with him.    The ashtray features a nude female lying on her side.  The […]

Calco Peacock Tiles

On July 12, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Clay Products (Calco), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Stunning vintage tiles from Rufus Keeler’s Calco depict opposing peacocks with tremendous details and matte glazes.   They are self framed, and can be placed together or used separately.   Imagine a fireplace surround using these terrific tiles!    Sold separately. 11″ x 5  1/2″ x 3/4″ […]

CALCO/Southern CA Clay Products Early Sconce

On April 17, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

Prior to founding CALCO (California Clay Products), Rufus Keeler formed his own company in 1917 and called it Southern California Clay Products.    In 1923, Keeler reincorporated and the company became known as CALCO.   He functioned as plant manager and head ceramist and was involved in every aspect of production.   This is one […]

CALCO Field Tiles/Brown/Beige

On March 1, 2014, in California Tiles, Field Tiles, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products), So. Gate, CA   1923-1932 We have a supply of these wonderful vintage field tiles in two colors, deep brown and beige/brown.     The tile surface is smooth and uneven and the matte glazing has a mottled effect.   Contact us for large quantity discount. 3  3/4″ square x 5/8″ […]

Calco Flamingo Tile

On February 13, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

Calco (California Clay Products), South Gate, CA  1923-1932 A graceful flamingo is depicted on this fantastic vintage Calco relief tile.    It has their iconic polychrome glazing and superior detailing.   Notice the leaf motif that surrounds the bird, and the two yellow tulips at its feet.   This is a treasure! 12″ x 3 […]

CA Clay Products Heraldic Lion Tile

On July 25, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Clay Products (CALCO) , South Gate, CA  1923-1932 This relief tile is deeply molded with an image of two back-to-back lions encircled within a banded ring.   It has CALCO’s great matte glazing in deep shades of brown, blue and teal. 3  3/4″ square x 3/4″ thick Great condition; small edge chips Qty = […]

CALCO Subway Tile/Mauve

On June 6, 2013, in Field Tiles, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products), South Gate, CA  1923-1932 This light mauve glaze has a glossy finish on this vintage CALCO field or subway tile.  It was a popular color for bathrooms and, when combined with black, makes a stunning installation.  We have enough on hand to cover over 65 sq.ft., plus we have access to […]

CALCO Field Tile/Light Mustard

On June 6, 2013, in Field Tiles, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products), South Gate, CA   1923-1932 The glossy glaze on this vintage field tile is a light shade of mustard.   CALCO tiles are well known by tile enthusiasts; they are well made with outstanding glazes.   We have enough on hand to cover approximately 50 sq. ft., plus we have access […]

CALCO Mission Tile Pair

On April 5, 2013, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 This pair of  vintage scenic tiles are spectacular and make an awesome set.  The origin of the Calco pottery is mainly the story of one remarkable ceramist and tile maker, Rufus Keeler.  He especially liked creating new glazes, rich and brilliant colors and he was deeply concerned […]

Calco Hex Field Tile

On December 4, 2012, in California Tiles, Field Tiles, by nancy

Calco (California Clay Products), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Frosting-like glaze drips down over this vintage Calco hexagon tile.  It has a slightly textured surface with pale mustard in a matte finish.  We have enough on hand for a small project. 4″ across x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; varies per tile Qty = 70 pcs […]

Calco History & Photos

On November 21, 2012, in California Tiles, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 California Clay Products, or CALCO, was one of the most marvelous tile makers in the country.  There were many styles that were produced, such as deeply molded rectangular tiles of cranes, peacocks, trees or missions that were either glazed in one color or several.  Another style was […]

Calco Vintage Border

On December 28, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

Calco (California Clay Products), South Gate, CA  1923-1932 Bright, eye-catching pattern has 4 glossy glaze colors on this antique border tile.  It has a nice 3-dimensional feel and we have enough on hand for a small project. 6″ x 2″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition; varies per tile Qty = 18 $50 ea

Calco Dutch Girl Tile

On September 21, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

Calco (California Clay Products), South Gate, CA  1923-1932 Very adorable raised-line vintage Calco tile depicting a Dutch girl looking at a sailboat on the sea.  It has wonderful thick, drippy glaze with a Grueby-like texture in six matte colors.   Rufus Bradley Keeler, a remarkable ceramist and tile maker  was the founder of Calco.   […]

Calco Griffins Rampant Tile

On July 30, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

Calco, South Gate, CA  1923-1932 Here is a crisply carved and delicately incised relief tile in standout polychrome glazes in a combination of matte and vellum finishes paired with smooth and rougher textures.  There is a real treasure trove of examples of Calco’s singular ceramic artistry packed into this one tile!  The design of two […]

Calco Sunburst Tile

On April 28, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

Calco (California Clay Products), South Gate, CA  1923-1932 This is a stunning tile listed in the Decorative Tile Inserts section of a period Calco catalogue as design C13 and “Made Only in Polychrome Color”.  The deep relief tile has a design and jewel-tone palette reminiscent of a Gothic stained glass window. The motif is an […]

Calco Mayan Face Tile

On March 30, 2011, in California Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Calco (California Clay Products), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Calco made a wide variety of tiles and here is one example of their work.  This 3-dimensional tile depicts their version of a Mayan face.  It has matte buff glaze with a rough, pitted feel.  This same tile is shown in Norman Karlson’s Encyclopedia of American Art […]

Calco Border Tile

On March 29, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

Calco, South Gate, CA  1923-1932 This polychrome, cuerda seca border tile as a dynamic, Art Deco-inspired design.  
It is decorated in the clear, brilliantly-colored glazes that confirm this pottery’s pre-eminent place in ceramics history.
  Someone erroneously penciled D&M on the back, but one can see part of the CALCO lettering on the bottom. 4  1/4″ […]

Calco Flower Tile

On February 16, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

CALCO, California Clay Products, South Gate, CA
1923-1932 This adorable relief tile in a glossy finish depicts a wild rose in buttery cream glaze with a bright yellow center.  
The flower really pops out against the shiny black glaze.  This legendary pottery’s quality is evident in the rich glazing and the high level of naturalistic detail […]