Locations: Burbank
Dates of Operation: 1930s - ?
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VTG BATH CHAMBER SET: SOAP BOWL-PITCHER-SHAVING CUP-KNOWLES TAYLOR & KNOWLES CO
Current Price: $24.49
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Vintage K.T. & K. China Knowles Taylor & Knowles Gravy Dish 18 Carat Gold VHI
Current Price: $29.99
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KT&K Knowles Taylor & Knowles Bath Set Pre-1904
Current Price: $27.95
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Vintage KT & K Knowles Taylor Semi Vitreous Ramona Collector Plate
Current Price: $7.00
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Lovely Flow Blue Gravy Boat -- Knowles, Taylor, Knowles
Current Price: $9.99
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K T & K Knowles Taylor Knowles Ivory Gold Gravy Boat
Current Price: $9.95
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SEMI-VITREOUS KNOWLES TAYLOR KNOWLES BEAUTIFUL 3 SET PORCELAIN GLASSWARE
Current Price: $30.00
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Vintage KTK Knowles Taylor Pitcher Creamer Metal Spout
Current Price: $12.99
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Knowles Taylor & Knowles 3 27 4 Bowl-K T & K Semi Vitreous China-9" Serving Dish
Current Price: $9.99
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Large Vintage Oval Serving Platter Knowles Taylor & Knowles Ivory China #366
Current Price: $7.50
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Vintage Knowles Taylor & Knowles KT &K Vintage Oval China Platter
Current Price: $12.00
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Knowles Taylor & Knowles Cereal Bowls Floral Green Trim Vintage TWO
Current Price: $5.99
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Vintage Knowles Taylor Pink Dogwood Kalla Set of 7 Bread Plates Flowers
Current Price: $20.79
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Vintage KT & K Knowles Taylor Semi Vitreous Ramona Gravy Boat
Current Price: $8.79
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KTK Burbank - Potteries of California

There’s a couple reasons I’ve had difficulty researching the history and output of this pottery. The first is that KTK (as I’ll abbreviate it on this page, because of the backstamps) is an offshoot of a very well known Ohio pottery family which produced Knowles Taylor & Knowles. This other pottery is pretty collectible, which confuses matters for anyone searching for information on the KTK operation in California.

The second reason is that I’ve come across conflicting information about the history of the pottery. It’s pretty much accepted that this was a California based enterprise created by Homer Knowles, a member of that same Ohio family of potters. However, Lehner’s Encyclopedia says (via The Dictionary Guide to U.S. Pottery and Porcelain, by Derwich and Latos) that the pottery was started up in Santa Clara, CA in 1923 and only lasted for a year. I find that hard to believe, because of the amount and breadth of items produced. Chipman’s Encyclopedia doesn’t give an exact date for the pottery’s beginning, but does say late 1930s and places it in Burbank, CA.

I think perhaps that Homer Knowles might have closed the initial Santa Clara plant and then started up again in Burbank some years later. This seems even more plausible when you consider that the style, shape and glaze of the KTK marked ware that can be found today is undoubtedly similar to the Haldeman Pottery, which was located in Burbank, and also to La CaƱada Pottery which shared facilities with Haldeman’s operation. It makes sense that Knowles may have benefited from Haldeman’s knowledge, especially since the latter was known to help out other pottery companies.

Many of the KTK items I’ve come across are matte glazed low flower or centerpiece bowls that have hand applied decorations such as ropes, bows or flowers. Others utilize the technique of cutting and reforming simple forms while the clay while still wet to create new shapes. You’ll find very similar types of items by the two aforementioned companies, in similar glazes as well. Other items they made include vases and animal figurines.

I don’t think the pottery must have lasted longer than the 1950s. I know there are collectible books on Knowles Taylor & Knowles, but I haven’t had a chance to go through any of them to see if they clarifly the history of their California pottery outfit.

The backstamps on KTK items can sometimes be a little faint, but most of the larger items have identifying marks. Some figurines do not. The stamps are usually inmold and say “KTK California” along with item numbers and sometimes “Hand-Made Burbank” or other words.

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