Locations: Los Angeles
Dates of Operation: 1935 - 1955
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VINTAGE CEMAR *STRAWBERRY* 9" COOKIE JAR #769. NOS.
Current Price: $42.00
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VINTAGE 50's CEMAR OF CALIFORNIA POTTERY GREEN LEAF CONDIMENT DISH #355 NOS.
Current Price: $28.00
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Vtg 1940-50s Cemar Bauer California pottery glazed ceramic lettuce bowl - green
Current Price: $37.12
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Vintage 1950's Cemar #622 California Pottery 14 1/2" Chartreuse Platter
Current Price: $39.99
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CEMAR 642 Vintage Pottery Fish 2 Piece Covered Serving Dish Lime Green
Current Price: $12.00
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Vintage Art Deco Cemar Pottery Impala Deer Figurine
Current Price: $34.95
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Vintage 2 California Pottery Cemar Clay Strawberry Ceramic Plates 100
Current Price: $40.00
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Cemar #627 Porcelain Cabbage Design Plate 10.25"
Current Price: $12.00
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4 Cemar California Pottery Snack Plates, 628 Pattern Green Leaf Lettuce Dishes
Current Price: $35.00
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Vintage 1950's Cemar California pottery pair of mint, candy dishes 1950's
Current Price: $29.50
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CEMAR POTTERY - CORN HOLDER DISH
Current Price: $7.99
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Rare CEMAR 642 Vintage Pottery Fish 2 Piece Covered Serving Dish 19 1/2" Green
Current Price: $49.95
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Vintage cemar of california pottery 720 strawberry divided dish and 10" plate
Current Price: $34.95
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Cemar Diode Laser
Current Price: $184.39
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Potteries of California

As with so many California potteries, Cemar Clay Products was the result of former employees of a more well known company departing to form their own pottery company. Whether it was due to disagreements, artistic and other, many employees of pottery companies decided to strike out on their own - with varying degrees of success.

According to Chipman, Cliff J. Malone and Paul Cauldwell were originally employed by Bauer, when they decided to start their own company around 1935. This turned out to be Cemar and I believe it was based in Los Angeles as well, although I don’t know the address. It is unknown whether or not their departure was acrimonious or not. However, it’s interesting that while it’s usually the case that a new company copied the designs of the former, Bauer was known to have closely “imitated” several of the Cemar designs.

But it’s clear that Bauer may have gotten the last laugh - Cemar closed eventually in the 50s and sold many of their molds to the Bauer company. They produced a number of items using the old molds - mostly in a speckled sort of glaze that was common in the 50s.

Fred Kaye was responsible for many of the Cemar designs. They concentrated on animal and plant figurines and giftware, plus a smattering of gardenware. Many of their art deco looking animal figurines incorporated a two color glaze treatment, whereby the animal is one color while the base is a completely different and contrasting color. Many are marked as “Cemar” along with a model number, but it’s sometimes difficult to identify due to the fact that felt “flocking” was glued to the bottoms of the figures.

I’ve come across a number of different Cemar products but haven’t yet picked up any due to the price. The one shown above was a small leaf dish that I passed up at a thrift store because it was damaged. I believe they also made dinnerware, although I see much less of that. One interesting line they had were dishes shaped like strawberries and other fruits.

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