Locations: Culver City
Dates of Operation: ? - 1958
Seller Values: Check average price on Ebay

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Most of the Gilner Potteries items that I see are either figurines or figurines attached to planters. In the 1940s and 1950s Beryl Gilner capitalized on the so-called “Pixie” craze by making lines of planters and figurines that featured the little creatures. Their two lines were called “Happy People” (boy pixies) and “Merry Maids” (girl pixies). They also came out with a popular line called the “Happy Cannibals”. The Pixie line was made from 1948-1958.

The one piece that I’ve come across (April 2008) is actually neither of those figurines but just a simple turquoise color planter. It is marked inmold (as was most Gilner items) as “Gilner California” in script. Some other pieces have dates on the bottom. The pottery was located in Culver City, and Chipman’s Encyclopedia has two different addresses listed, one being from an advertisement. I’ll have to go check out both of the addresses when I have a chance to see if any part of the original potteries still stand.

11/2008 Update: A nice Gilner Pixie collector named Carla let me know about the wonderful PixieWatch site which also has information about Gilner. There is a ton of information about Pixies in general, so you should head on over there if you collect this type of figurine. Carla also noted that we had some incorrect information - I’d earlier said that Beryl ran the pottery with his son Burt. This information was in Chipman’s Encyclopedia, but it may not be correct since Beryl did not say anything about his son when he was interviewed.

Also, she says the original buildings from the two locations do still stand today even though they are being used for other businesses. The Pixies were introduced toward the tail end in the timeline of Gilner - they went out of business in 1958 due to a fire. At one time there was over 120 people working for the company - I guess it isn’t too surprising considering how huge the pottery business was in those times.

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3/2009 Update: Recently, Jack Bassford sent in this picture of a vase made by Gilner. I’ve been interested in finding out more about the “non-Pixie” type of items that the company produced, so it was nice to see this interesting green and black vase made by the company.


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Gilner Pottery California TV lamp 1950's Mid Century Horse Planter EXQUISITE !
Current Price: $16.49
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Large GILNER pottery lime green bowl with gold accent on ruffled edge, great con
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Vintage 1950’s Gilner Ceramic Golden/Black Pottery TV LAMP Planter w/ Tin Stand
Current Price: $4.99
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VTG Lot 3 Pottery Ceramic Elf Pixies, Gilner Kreiss TC Shelf Sitter,California
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2 "VINTAGE" Oriental/Asian style collectible statues by "Gilner"
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"Everyday Bunnies" Tole Pattern Packet by Zola Gilner & Betty Headman~OOP
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2 Vintage Gilner "Happy Cannibals" Black Americana Figurines
Current Price: $28.00
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Vintage Gilner California Pottery Brown Bear #405 Cookie Jar. "Licking Lips"
Current Price: $40.00
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Vintage Gilner California Happy Cannibal Plate 1952
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Gilner Rooster Cookie Jar Black & White
Current Price: $80.00
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VINTAGE Pottery GILNER California RETRO Planter RARE Original MODERN 40's Bowl
Current Price: $15.00
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