Pattern: "Calla Lily" - Produced in the 1940's while under the ownership of Michaelian and Kohlberg.
About San Jose Potteries (1930's-1940's) - Reference Book: "Colors on Clay" by Susan Toomey Frost. (see pieces of this dinnerware pattern on page 112)
San Jose Pottery was established in San Antonio, Texas during the 1920’s by Cecil Beck. Located one block south of Mission San Jose, the commodious factory had areas to prepare the clay and mold the pottery and tiles. One room was filled with round tables to seat young women who traced designs and applied the glazes that decorated the bisque-fired wares. Male workers assigned to cubicles in an adjoining room sprayed glazes onto wares that did not require detailing. The company had a kiln capable of firing 2,000 pieces at a time. In a separate area, workers prepared the wares for shipping and sale.
Since Beck had no business experience or knowledge of pottery, the business soon faltered and he turned to Ethel Wilson Harris for help. In 1934 Harris was named president and given shares in the company, which for two years she ran simultaneously with her Mexican Arts and Crafts operation downtown. Therefore, collectors can find quality designs that were later copyrighted by Mexican Arts and Crafts in 1937, but marked with the paper labels or back stamps of San Jose Pottery. When Beck’s mother meddled in her business decisions, Harris resigned. Harris subsequently took action to refrain the company from producing her copyrighted designs without her permission and supervision. In 1941 the New York firm of Michaelian and Kohlberg bought and owned San Jose Pottery until it caught fire in 1945.
10” Tidbit plate with heart-shaped handle - hand made plate – Excellent condition
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