Kylie and Donna throw such good retro parties. How could I resist? And, I have had "Bauer" on the blog post to do list for a long time. Today is finally the day.
My retro corner is an homage to Bauer Pottery.
I keep my Bauer on a a set of shelves behind a refrigerator, we cleverly inserted into the middle of the house (we will eventually remodel our remodel).
Top shelf has my favorites which are Fred Johnson rose bowls, all in various shades of green. The little tiny vase was very expensive and very tiny. The pictures on eBay didn't look like it was so small and somehow I overlooked reading the dimensions. As I was researching the exact name of these bowls, I spotted a beautiful white one on eBay. Click. Makes a wonderful gift with roses in them. And I know a sick girl who needs cheering up.
The orange shelf has some amazing things. An Aladdin teapot, a coffee server, a ringed pitcher and a refrigerator water container (note the square shape for easier fit into refrigerators).
Bottom shelf contains three purchases from my early collector's days and another Fred Johnson on the right. The beautiful pears were painted by my son in elementary school when he had an ahhh-mazing art teacher. She was so good with the kids.
To be frank, Bauer is not exactly mid-century. It is kind of pre-mid-century. Bauer was a Southern California pottery company and really hit its stride in the 30s and 40s with its brightly colored everyday tableware. Its star waned in the 50s and the factory was finally shut down for good in the early 60s due to a labor strike and perhaps slower sales as well.
My obsession with Bauer started in 1998. I was home on maternity leave and emailed (we barely had email back in those days) an employee to say hi and ask what he was up to (baby was napping, probably bored). The employee mentioned he was getting into buying and selling basketball trading cards on a website called ebay.com. The rest is history.
Let me point out that if you peruse this auction photo below carefully, you will see I have (1) feedback. It was the start of something big. Here is the same vase for sale right now. Hasn't really gone up in price. I don't care. I am in this for love.
I do display Bauer pottery in a few other places around the home. A little Bauer bowl in my favorite color, chartreuse holds rings in the bathroom remodel (one year anniversary this week).
I have another Bauer bowl with a flat, square edge for my husband's valet. Yes, this could be another little vintage retro scene with the mission-style craftsman library desk as an end table.
Not one, but two knives in the bowl. Always prepared. But for what?
And, I do love Bauer pots for orchids especially.
And this size Bauer serving piece is perfect for napkins. Well, truth be told it is a tiny bit small, but a I make it work.
My hands down favorite color for Bauer pottery is chartreuse that was used in various collections (Russel Wright being a favorite). I have a fairly decent collection of chartreuse that I bust out for parties to hold candy, chips and what not. The divided dish on the left is super handy as is the larger rectangular serving dish on the right.
And, we both know I have more stashed away. Cute little orange salt and pepper shakers are from my mom who simply indulges the sicknesses. Things are rotated into storage and out as I whimsically rearrange at least annually. When it gets too over whelming, I sell pieces back on eBay. And then just turn around and buy more. **sigh**
And now I have more Bauer, coming in the mail. Thanks to Kylie and Donna and their idea for a little Saturday afternoon retro roundup. Make sure you go to their blogs and click through to all the retro and vintage inspired house corners at 7PM PST tonight which is noon Aussie time Saturday May 11 (so confusing).
Happy Mother's Day to all!
And always celebrate whatever retro thing you collect.