Common Ground / AMOCA

Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945–1975

 The pieces in the exhibition are all by artist who had a direct connection to Millard Sheets (1907-1989)

The Otis/Ferus crowd was well represented.

Of course there was a pile of amazing McIntosh pots.
The Natzlers, Heinos, Andreson, Beato and the other big names were also there in large numbers, 
but what makes this exhibit special is work by some great ceramicists that often get overlooked. 

Joel Edwards

Mac McClain

Elaine Katzer

Good to see Ward Youry from Long Beach in the mix.

Huge Myrton Purkiss
This belongs to Gerard O'Brien, Reform

Raul Coronel

Mingei founder, Martha Longenecker

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman display

David Cressey, Legend, 1959
This also belongs to Gerard O'Brien, Reform

Bells: Natzler 
Lamps (left to right): F. Carlton Ball, Harrison McIntosh, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, 
Peter Voulkos, William Manker, Rupert Deese, David Cressey, Raul Coronel

Nice Mel Bogart for Felmor chair 

AMOCA is located in a former bank. 
There was a nice stash from the Claremont Museum of Art  in the vault.

Impromptu stop at the Pomona Antique Fair 

Not much luck, but I did get a Kenji Fujita pitcher for $5.

The House that Sam Built

The house that Sam built at the house that Henry Huntington built.

That's a good one.


The sit on a Sam Maloof chair ride was popular.

Cork top desk

Karl Benjamin painting above a Maloof settee 

Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley enamel plaque

Woolley box

Kay Sekimachi weavings and bowls

Kay Sekimachi

Ames enamel

PST Tea?

China, Made in USA

The gardens aren't bad either

Bertoia sonambient

This was Huntington's steez
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Raul Coronel Ceramics

John Lautner

1953 Sunset Book
Kinda lame table from a great architect.

2006 Bonhams Auction
kitchen island and large light fixture circa 1969
Well, the lamp is cool.

2006 Bonhams Auction

2007 LAMA California Design Auction
Looks familiar.

California Designed

California Designed - Exhibition catalog, 1955
Sponsored by the Long Beach Municipal Art Center
In collaboration with the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco

325 items- All designed or made in California

Los Angeles Times Home Magazine

Stanley Young- Frank Bros.

Sam Maloof, Ida Dean Grae, John Freeman and Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman 

Sundial table and chairs - Van Keppel Green