5 x 10 x 10 in.
Gift of Wm. Bruce and Shauna Crane
Winfield Pottery of Pasadena was founded by Lesley Winfield Sample in 1929. Sample was born in England in 1897, where he received a wide-ranging education, including instruction in ceramics. He immigrated to Southern California in the 1920s. The original site began as a studio and school of clay working and offered classes in the evenings. Despite limited experience in ceramic production, Sample managed to turn out an exceptional line of cast porcelain vases and bowls. Designer Margaret Mears Gabriel joined Sample in 1935, bringing new hand-painted patterns featuring bamboo, tulip, avocado, geranium, and citrus motifs. Sample died in 1939, and Margaret and her husband Arthur became the Winfield owners. In 1941, they built a new factory in Pasadena with three large periodic kilns. In 1946, American Ceramic Products of Santa Monica helped Winfield fill their huge backlog of orders after the war. Winfield Pottery ceased operations in 1962, one of the many victims of cheap foreign imports and the rising popularity of plastic dinnerware.
The bamboo pattern on Bowl (c. 1943) was introduced in 1937 and became the most successful design of Winfield Ceramics. The design, probably from a line of dinnerware, was hand painted, perhaps by Margaret Gabriel, Winfield’s designer. The bottom of the bowl is unglazed and reads “Winfield 312 Pasadena” in handwritten script. More than four hundred separate designs comprised the Winfield line, three hundred of which were for use in food preparation and dining.
Billie Sessions, PhD.
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