Locations: South Gate
Dates of Operation: 1936 - 1958
Seller Values: Check average price on Ebay
Popular Lines & Patterns:
Malibu Modern, Merrie Dutch, Capistrano
While this was obviously a good size and successful pottery, I don’t see Hollydale items around as much. I believe that part of this may be because of the faint markings on some items, or in some cases, the complete lack of markings. One of the other reasons might be that a fire at the plant, which was sadly a very common occurrence at many California potteries, destroyed a lot of the later ware.
The pottery was located in South Gate, just east of Hollydale Park - the general area is known as Hollydale, hence the name. According to Chipman’s Encyclopedia, it was run by Otto Hupp (yet another Otto who was involved in Calif pottery) and his wife and operated from the late 30s to the late 50s.
The most common shape you’ll encounter are the Malibu Modern items, and most often these will be solid color items, although the company did use patterns on them (one of those is “Merrie Dutch”). The Malibu Modern items remind me quite a bit of Russel Wright. (Chipman also mentions that Eva Zeisel actually had Hollydale produce some of her designs in the 50s). The one item that I see the iconic streamlined pitcher in Malibu Modern, that reminds me a whole lot of a particular Niloak pitcher. I’ve seen this in a lot of different colors for Malibu modern, with the most common being burgundy, dark green, white and gray.
I know there are some serious collectors of Hollydale out there, as well as some folks whose family members worked at the pottery. I would love to feature more information and pictures on Hollydale if anyone would like to contribute it. You’ll have to excuse the limited amount of knowledge I have on the pottery, since it’s very rare that I come across their items.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.