Monday, May 14, 2012

Bauer Art Pottery and Ringware

History of Bauer

You may have seen my previous article on ringware, and how much I love and adore old pieces of pottery. Today I'm talking about Bauer Art Pottery.  Many people immediately think California...but did you know it originated in Louisville, Kentucky? That's right, the J.A. Bauer Pottery Company dates back to the 1880's, and soon the company would move from Kentucky to Los Angeles,  Producing colorful pieces, planters, vases, bowls, cups, plates, caraffes, and flower pots into the 1960's. Many books have been written about the subject and some pieces are worth upwards of $1000 each.   Modern day operations include reproduction of classic pieces and additionally some new. Ironically, the new factory is just minutes from the location of the old vintage plant.

Rarity and Values

The Early Bauer Pottery lion's head flower pot above, measures 13.5" tall and is available at VinceBravo for $350. It is getting harder to find the art pottery like this in pristine shape. Over time use of flower pots and vases led to cracking, chipping, and crazing.  You would be surprised to know that some vases and pieces of Bauer pottery could sell upwards for $1000! 

Colorful Additions to Your Home

Perhaps the reason why I like Bauer is the fact that it's a colorful addition to your home.  I have highlighted some of my favorite Bauer things below, and I really think this is the prettiest Etsy Treasury I ever made.  So pretty I'm going to keep a snapshot of it, for when people buy all the pieces and the treasury is gone. I will still have this lovely picture.

You can shop Etsy by search term "bauer" and the color you desire and really come up with some good finds.

I have highlighted some of my top finds here:

'Bauer Art Pottery' by RetroChalet

Oh how I love pieces of this old ringware in rainbow colors.

Vintage Bauer Mixing Bowl - ...

Yellow Bauer Ringware 4 Piec...

Vintage Orange Bauer Pottery...

HUGE -Vintage -Signed Bauer ...

Vintage large green Bauer ri...

Vintage Bauer Yellow Aladdin...

Bauer Pottery Bowl Ring Patt...

Vintage Blue & Turquoise Bau...

Pristine Bauer Vintage Green...

Vintage Bauer Ringware Ring ...

Vintage 1940's Bauer Pot...

Price Lowered Vintage "...

Bauer Coffee Saucers - Mixed...

Bauer ring mixing bowl 24

Bauer Pottery vintage orange...

Bauer candle holders by Matt...
Woop here it is...


  1. Thank you for the nice post on Bauer pottery.

    Just one quick correction. You mention that "the new factory is just minutes from the location of the old vintage plant." In fact, it is our showroom, not our factory which is a few miles from the original plant.

    Map of current and past Bauer locations:

    For new Bauer pottery, please visit us online at or if you're in the L.A. area, come to our monthly showroom sale

  2. Yes I agree that this post is impressive about Bauer pottery. What I saw related to the images above was interesting. Most of the pots are very good. So they will be having a monthly showroom. That's interesting.

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