Locations: Barstow
Dates of Operation: 1940s - ?
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Vintage DESERT SANDS POTTERY lot - 3 Vases + Original Paper - Nevada - No Dmg.
Current Price: $18.00
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Desert Sands Pottery Vase Swirl Glaze Bud Vase Boulder City Nevada
Current Price: $14.95
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DESERT SANDS POTTERY T. EVANS mid century modern SWIRL GLASS VASE TUMBLER 4.5"
Current Price: $9.00
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Vintage Desert Sands Pottery Swirl Handmade Bowl and 2 Cups
Current Price: $24.00
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Lovely Vintage Desert Sands Pottery Swirl Handmade Bowl and 2 Cups
Current Price: $25.00
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Vintage Estate Desert Sands Nevada Pottery Swirl Vase With Brochure
Current Price: $9.99
Current Bids: 1
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Desert Sands Pottery 3 1/4 Inch Glossy Vase 1950-60
Current Price: $9.99
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Vintage Desert Sands Pottery Mission Swirl Glaze Bud Vase Pair
Current Price: $19.99
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Vintage Desert Sands American Art Pottery Vase Swirled Multicolor
Current Price: $24.99
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Large Desert Sands Pottery 7" Bowl Beautiful EUC
Current Price: $50.00
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Desert Sands Pottery Boulder City NV Evans 5" Vase Marked Vintage tiny flaw
Current Price: $17.19
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Nice Desert Sands Pottery Swirl Vase
Current Price: $11.04
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Mission Swirl Desert Sands Art Pottery Vase MID CENTURY Vintage Flower Frog
Current Price: $28.00
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DESERT SANDS MINIATURE POTTERY VASE MISSION SWIRL DESIGN, HALLMARKED,1940's-50's
Current Price: $14.99
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The Desert Sands Pottery of Barstow actually had an illustrious history starting back in 1850 or so in Dexter, Missouri. The Evans family of potters. Arthur Evans originally started Desert Sands in Boulder, NV, but when he passed away his son Ferrell continued to produce ware under the same name in the town of Barstow. Because of this dual state production, I guess it’s not exactly correct to call this “California pottery” - but we’ll be listing it anyhow.

I’ve actually been to Barstow many times. We stopped there like many travellers to visit the outlets and eat on the way from to Vegas. I know we actually stopped there when I was a kid in the 70s, when the company was still in existance. I’ve never checked, however, to see if there are any remnants of the building where they produced.

In any case, the vases, pots and dinnerware produced by Desert Sands have a distinctive look to it that is actually similar to Niloak’s Mission ware. Different colors (apparently mineral oxides were added) of clay were swirled together and then handthrown. Niloak is a pretty famous non-California pottery name, and the resemblance is pretty striking. However, this type of swirled pottery has a pretty long history. Funny, but I had just seen an episode of Antiques Roadshow where they appraised a English Mocha Ware jug from around 1800 that had a VERY similar look.

I believe that Bauer also made a swirled color type of ware in the 1920s, but there’s seems to be less “striped” and more “infused” with more of a random pattern occurring. I’ve heard (and this seems to be backed up by the examples I’ve seen) that one of the differences with Desert Sands was that it was given a final coat of see-through glaze at the end, whereas Niloak was not. I believe that some of the pottery produced at the Boulder City location will have different stamps than those produced at the Barstow, CA location. Ink stamps were usually used, and sometimes included the name of the city.

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