Locations: San Jose
Dates of Operation: 1902 - 1987
Seller Values: Check average price on Ebay

  Featured Garden City Pottery items (view more)

Of all of the “larger” potteries of California, I probably know the least about Garden City Pottery of San Jose. There are quite a few reasons for this. Number one is that I don’t currently own the only book dedicated to Garden City Pottery which is currently out of print. It’s difficult to come across more detailed information about the company. Despite the fact that in the 1920s it was the largest pottery in northern California and the fact that the company outlasted names like Bauer (Garden City closed in 1987), Chipman’s scrapbook only has a few short entries on the company.

One of the better resources (besides the collector’s book) that I came across was an online article by Don Gagliardi of the Northside Neighborhood Association on Garden City Pottery. I suspect that some of the lack of information may also stem from the fact that they are viewed by many collectors as an “imitator” rather than an “innovator”. In addition, while the pottery was indeed shipped everywhere in the country, an enormous amount was distributed locally in the area. That means that there’s more chance of coming across Garden City items if you live near San Jose - unfortunate for me, since we’re in Southern California.

The name “Garden City” actually stems from the roots of San Jose as a major agricultural hub for the area. According to the article, the company started out in 1902 with flowerpots, crockery and sewer pipe. After the Depression brought about hard times, they were forced to emulate the colorful and popular tableware from other companies like Metlox, Bauer and Pacific. Royal Hickman, known from California Ra-Art and a few other potteries, was the designer on many of the pieces. It’s these Garden City items which are most often confused with other companies like Bauer. After WWII, they again switched the business to focus mostly on garden items, allowing them to survive until the 80s.

Without a doubt, the most difficult part of finding or identifying Garden City Pottery is the fact that they are almost never marked in any way - not even with numbers or the words “California” or “USA”. Because of this, it’s difficult for someone just starting out to even know what to look for without having a resource like the collector’s guide. I guess this could also be a GOOD thing for the beginning collector, as there is more chance that a pottery seller would not know what they had. I’ve started to keep an eye out for the pottery myself now that I’ve seen a few examples at antique shops, but I guess time will tell if we ever come across a piece of Garden City pottery.

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.

   Garden City Pottery items



California Pottery Bowl Cobalt Handthrown Like Garden City Bauer Signed
Current Price: $28.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 45m



Mid-Century GARDEN CITY POTTERY Turquoise Scolloped Bowl #6
Current Price: $58.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 5h 25m



Garden City or Pacific Pottery Huge Large Handthrown Vase
Current Price: $300.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 6h 17m



GARDEN CITY POTTERY LIGHT BLUE/GREEN SUGAR BOWL!
Current Price: $22.50
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 8h 26m



LARGE GREEN GARDEN CITY POTTERY CONICAL POT
Current Price: $55.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 9h 2m



Vintage Garden City Pottery 12 1/2" Yellow Ring Chop Plate
Current Price: $18.50
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 22h 36m



Book Garden City Pottery Dinnerware Hickman +
Current Price: $23.75
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 2d 1h 16m



Garden City Pottery Green Punch/Succulent Bowl!
Current Price: $79.95
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 2d 21h 59m



GARDEN CITY POTTERY VERY RARE ART DECO LARGE TEAPOT!
Current Price: $100.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 2d 22h 16m



Garden City Pottery Art Deco 7" Stock Vase HTF White Glaze
Current Price: $32.88
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 3d 7h



Garden City Pottery Ring Mixing Bowl
Current Price: $8.99
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 3d 23h 50m



Vintage MOD Retro Orange Pottery Candle Holder Garden City?? USA
Current Price: $9.50
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 4d 59m



HUGE GARDEN CITY POTTERY SWIRL BOWL
Current Price: $75.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 4d 14h 13m



Vintage Garden City Pottery 8" Yellow Stock Vase
Current Price: $35.50
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 4d 20h 47m


View All Results

Galleries By Company



Visit us on Flickr!
Subscribe to Potteries of California RSS Feed

Identification

Resources

About

Latest News & Finds