Locations: El Monte, San Marcos
Dates of Operation: 1927 - 1980
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Vintage Pair of Freeman McFarlin Olive Green Candlestick Holders #552
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Mid Century Anthony Freeman McFarlin California Pottery Ashtray Gold Leaf #227
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VTG Freeman McFarlin Large Square MCM Ashtray Green Gold MAD MEN Mid Century!!!!
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Mid Century Signed Freeman McFarlin California Pottery Olive Green
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Freeman-McFarlin Nodder Mice, vintage figurines, excellent condition
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Freeman McFarlin Figurine Baby with Flippers
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Freeman McFarlin Baby with Anchor Original Figurine
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Freeman McFarlin Figurine Baby with Skates Original Figurine
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Hagen Renaker Pottery Collector ID$ Guide: Figurines incl Freeman McFarlin MORE
Current Price: $29.95
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Freeman McFarlin Originals 1950's Large Fish 12" Tall & Sm 3" Ceramic Wall Decor
Current Price: $59.00
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VTG Freeman McFarlin Green & Gold Mid Century Fine Art Vase California B3
Current Price: $28.00
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Vintage Anthony Freeman Mcfarlin California Pottery Ceramic Glazed Snail 11"
Current Price: $40.26
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Anthony Freeman McFarlin Vintage Gold Peacock #152
Current Price: $16.50
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California USA Art Pottery Freeman McFarlin Originals Handle Dish 7" Org. Label
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Freeman McFarlin - Potteries of California

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of most of the Freeman McFarlin Potteries pieces. Many of their items, which often focus on animal and human figurines, just seem so tacky, over the top and garish to me. However, I think that’s the point for many people who collect it. I know that their gold leaf items are also sought after. I like some of their more midcentury modern looking items plus some of the vases, but I have to admit that I bought the candlesticks shown above primarily for the backstamp and to have an example for the site.

One thing to note about this company is the discrepancies in how people label the company. I’ve seen many different spellings, especially of McFarlin as “MacFarlane”, “MacFarlin”, “McFarlane”, “McFarlan”, or “MacFarlen”. I believe the actual name (from the stamp on the pieces I have) was Freeman & McFarlin Potteries, but we’ve omitted the ampersand and the word “potteries” for convenience.

The pottery came together fully in the 1940s, after Maynard Anthony Freeman joined Gerald H. McFarlin’s pottery business; the latter had been the head of several art-related businesses previously, while Freeman became the designer side of the business. The plant was located in El Monte. As mentioned, the earlier business focused on animals (Chipman lists a whole host of animals and gives detailed pictures of many models in his book).

The company used a number of different designers freelance and inhouse, most notably Kay Finch. After Finch’s factory closed in the 60s, Freeman-McFarlin bought out several of the mold designs and continued producing them in various treatments. Finch also did original designs for them in the 60s-70s on a freelance basis. One of the things that the company was very good at was repurposing or “imitating” successful lines from other California potteries (such as Jaru or Monterey’s Monterey Jade). But then, EVERYONE was doing that to try and survive, so you can’t really fault the company.

They added a second factory in San Marcos. By the time the El Monte location closed in the 70s, the company was in different hands - it finally ended up as part of Hagen-Renaker in the 80s.

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