Designed by Marc Bellaire (1925-1994), birth name Donald E. Fleischman, was employed by Sascha Brastoff in West Los Angeles. He later opened his own ceramics business in Culver City, California with the leading trade publication, “Giftwares”, listing him as one of the top ten artware designers of the late fifties. He was also a teacher and wrote about ceramic design and decoration in magazines such as “Ceramics Monthly” and “Popular Ceramics”. Also, he wrote two handbooks titled “Underglaze Decoration” and “Brush Decoration”. He moved to Virginia where he had a private art studio and art gallery. He later moved back to California opening a studio located in Cathedral City, California, near Palm Springs.
Other interesting facts:
* Studied at the Toledo Museum of Art, Chicago Academy of Art,
Chicago Art Institute, the now Otis Art Institute, and the Immaculate Heart College
* Designed for Libbey Glass Company
* Many of his hand-decorated exotic designs were inspired by his
World War II experiences in the Pacific when serving in the Navy.
Patterns include “Balinese”, “Mardi Gras”, “Friendly Island”, “Jamaica”, “Hawaiian”,
“Jungle Dancer”, “Cave Painting”, “Bird Isle”, “Oriental”, “Kashmir”, “Beachcomber”, and
“Polynesian Star” and a Southwest motif on his later work while at his Palm Springs studio
Measures 12.5" in diameter, Excellent condition, pattern name unknown
Marked on the back: "Marc Bellaire, Ltd. California" and signed "Bellaire" on the front inside rim
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