California Pottery

From Missions to Modernism

June 20-October 14, 2001

Organized by guest curator Bill Stern, California Pottery is an exhibition of commercially produced ceramic tableware and home accessories made in California during the first half of the twentieth century. These everyday objects feature both abstract designs and narrative representations of the state's culture. Drawn exclusively from California collections, the approximately 180 pieces in the exhibition are a selection from producers throughout the state.

California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with the Museum of California Design.

This exhibition is sponsored by Accenture.

The Museum is very grateful to 2000 Carole and Robert McNeil Volunteer Award recipient Hella H. Cheitlin and Alice Corning for their additional support.

red ceramic plate on green table

May Hamilton de Causse and Genevive Hamilton, Vernon Kilns, Vernon, California Rippled platter, 1936; Earthenware Private Collection; photo: Peter Brenner