A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness … John Keats
The literature provided by Gladding McBean quotes this timeless poem. The association of pottery and poetry may seem a bit obscure, but many collectors throughout the world attest that Gladding McBean pottery is a joy forever. When our customers get us going about our collection of this Rolls Royce of pottery, the terms we use most often are “heirloom”, “generations”, “finest terra cotta”, “…your grandchildren’s grandchildren…” This fine, old California company has been producing garden pottery for over 130 years. Its manufacture began in the earliest years of the company’s existence at a time when no other terra cotta plant on the Pacific Coast was attempting anything of the sort, making Gladding McBean a pioneer company in the art of pottery making and a favorite of those collecting California pottery. The designs of many of the pieces have not changed since their inception, so collectors are able to unearth both old and new versions of the same piece. But Gladding McBean’s creativity is anything but stagnant; new metallic glazes, polychromatic colors and styles have been added recently to appeal to many more current and future collectors. We offer you an open invitation to start your collection with a treasure found at Eye of the Day. Its loveliness increases, it will never pass into nothingness.