|Bauer Pottery Garden Orbs picture compliments of LA Magazine.|
I have a serious thing for Bauer. Bauer was my first foray into eBay in 1998. I was home on maternity leave and eventually wound up on a first name basis with the FedEx guy. These garden orbs at LACMA thrilled me but they were ever so expensive.
How expensive ... ?
8 inch - $75.00
12 inch - $100.00
15 inch - $150.00
No es bueno. I did my usual nosing about to see if someone was selling these beautiful ceramic balls on eBay, or reselling on Craigslist. I got lucky! Bauer was having an end of year seconds sale. The balls were listed for $53, $70 and $105 respectively. Impulsively I started clicking. eBay has gotten me into big furniture trouble before. You think I would have learned.
|What a bad, bad girl.|
The color choices were limited in the seconds. If I had my way, I would have gotten exactly the group above. Instead, I got two turquoise and a yellow for the re-landscaped strip of garden behind the new bathrooms.
I think the discount made the color choice limitation worthwhile. And honestly, the seconds part is absolutely no problem. Sure the ceramic color may be a little uneven and the big ball has a bit of a rough spot. But the orbs are outside for heaven's sake. The balls add that mid-century modern punch to the garden I was looking for.
|Bauer garden orbs in turquoise and yellow.|
And they kind of go with the turquoise blue fountain.
|Bauer garden orbs and fountain.|
|Bauer garden balls from the rear (haha).|
Sunset Magazine put the orbs on the cover during the launch year in 2008. Sunset liked the turquoise too.
|Bauer Garden Orbs, Sunset Cover image from BauerPottery.com|
Silly balls. I kind of dig em. Get on the mailing list at bauerpottery.com and watch for sales. Or, if you can't wait, order now. Additionally, the site mentions a showroom sale in Los Angeles, CA. I bet they sell seconds out of the showroom. Update: Rob Takata from Bauer Pottery dropped me a line:
Since it sounds like you may be local here in Southern California, I just wanted to confirm your suspicions that we do host a monthly seconds sale March through September and then our Holiday Sale in December out of our Los Angeles showroom. Visit our Showroom Sale page.
And speaking of mid-century modern birthdays (ahem). Mom made me a card. Shoes and bright GREEN. A winner for sure.