Locations: Manhattan Beach, Torrance
Dates of Operation: 1944 - ?
Seller Values: Check average price on Ebay

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We’ve decided to list the actual company that began its history as Heirlooms of Tomorrow under the name California Originals. This is because the latter was originally a trade name that was used, but eventually overtook the original company name as the desired moniker. For one thing, it had the word “California” in it and this was of course a selling point for many of the potteries located in Southern California.

Also, your are MUCH more likely to come across items marked as “California Originals” than the original name. The two periods of production from this company are extremely different. The company started out as Heirlooms of Tomorrow in Manhattan Beach in the 40s and produced rather “frilly” looking, victorian head busts and figurines. Many of these items had amazing lace detail that was applied onto the figures.

At some point in time, the company moved to Torrance and took on it’s popular trade name as it’s actual name. As California Originals, they produced a staggering assortment of flashy, drip-glaze pottery, houseware and giftware in vibrant colors. While you’ll still find more demure colors and shapes of pottery, their favored colors were loud oranges, reds, yellows, greens and browns. We seem to see a lot of dishes, flowerpots, chip and dips and especially ashtrays.

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It’s the ashtrays, especially the bright, flashy orange drip glaze ones from the 60s-70s, that really scream out California Pottery. This is the type of item many people think of nowadays as California Pottery. There are a great number of similar items that are attributed to California Originals even though they aren’t marked.

There are many stamps from the company, but a few to keep in mind are “Cal Orig”, “Cal Style” and a double “C”, one inside the other along with the word “Originals”. The latter mark we’ve seen consistently on pure white, stucco textured vases and other items, but it probably appears on other items too. They also seems to have used “Cal Style” as their “real” name in brochures. It’s unknown when the company finally stopped making pottery, but they were still producing items as late as the mid 80s.

Note: We've tried to provide as much info as possible on this pottery maker or artist. For further info, you may want to research the items they have on Ebay listed under this name. We've tried to hand tailor the searches below so they will bring up the most accurate results. If there are no results, it will list general California pottery.

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Vintage Pottery Planter California Originals 764 Planter Mid Century Mantle Bowl
Current Price: $10.00
Current Bids: 0
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Vintage California Pottery Originals USA White Milk Spatter Vase Ewer
Current Price: $10.99
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American Apparel California Select Originals Tube Top M/L
Current Price: $3.00
Current Bids: 0
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VINTAGE 14" SPLATTER VASE CALIFORNIA POTTERY ORIGINALS USA WHITE/BEIGE PITCHER
Current Price: $9.49
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1979 CALIFORNIA ORIGINALS "PROSPECTOR'S" LAMP
Current Price: $99.00
Current Bids: 0
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California Originals Red Apple #8214 Cookie Jar
Current Price: $14.95
Current Bids: 0
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VINTAGE CALIFORNIA ORIGINALS POTTERY Spatter Stucco CERAMIC SWAN Figural Planter
Current Price: $19.99
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 9h 7m



California Originals USA Pottery Dish Bowl 511 Stucco Speckle Spatter
Current Price: $12.99
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 9h 39m



The Originals - California Sunset (NEW CD)
Current Price: $18.15
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 10h 15m



Josef Originals California-Collectible Figurine-Mary Ann w/her Baby. Rare, HTF!
Current Price: $77.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 10h 51m



Vintage Ashtray California Originals No. 562 USA Cream With Gold Trim and Specs
Current Price: $12.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 11h 29m



Madeline Johnson Originals California Vase Pottery Studio Art Mid Century Modern
Current Price: $16.25
Current Bids: 0
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PAIR Vtg California Originals 596 USA Pink Leaf Pottery Dishes Bowls Fish Bones
Current Price: $19.95
Current Bids: 0
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CLOWN CALIFORNIA ORIGINALS # 213 Large Impressive Hobo COOKIE JAR
Current Price: $19.99
Current Bids: 0
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