“The days of the Gold Rush had long passed when the earth yielded yet another treasure. This time in the form of “potter’s clay” in Lincoln, California. In the fall of 1874 Charles Gladding of Chicago was visiting California when he read the news of the clay find. He traveled to Lincoln, took samples of the clay and sent them back to Chicago for testing by ceramic experts. The results surpassed his expectations.” …from the ABOUT US section of Gladding McBean‘s website (www.gladdingmcbean.com)
It’s one thing to travel throughout Europe and find beautiful, useful objects for Eye of the Day, but its a horse of a different color when you find these objects in your own back yard. In fact its a horse of many different, rich, vibrant colors. The garden pottery of Gladding McBean has been collected by generations of pottery lovers in California and throughout the country. Each piece of pottery is individually hand-formed and glazed by expert potters and bears the GMB artist’s Registered Seal.
At Eye of the Day we treasure our collection of Gladding McBean. The tactile gloss of the objects. The colors. The voluptuous contours. All of these are invitations to touch and enjoy the pieces. As we learn more about this remarkable pottery, our eyes are always open to finding it in unexpected places: two blue oil jars at the entry of Montecito Union School, a dark green wonder of a giant planter on the top floor of an old antique store, a Reclining Nude in the bathroom of an old Hollywood Hills home.
Many items in Gladding McBean’s collection of Garden Pottery are available in more than one size and there is a great variety of colors available. When you meander throughout our showroom, you are naturally drawn to the Gladding McBean section and know you are in the presence of The Truly Special. I just want that little, floating Oil Jar. It’s Daffodil.