The California Faience company was founded in 1915, in Berkeley, California, by William Bragdon and Chauncey Thomas. They both taught at the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. They produced art pottery, bowls, jars, vases, art tile and more.
Bragdon made the molds while Thomas did the glazes. The glazes had high gloss on buff or red bodies. Their shop was known as “The Tile Shop”. They sold the pieces in the front, while making them in the back. At one time, they made tiles for William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon.
They closed down in the late 1930’s due to the Great Depression.
California Faience Marks
California Faience Patterns, Designs
Popular California Faience
Tile – art tile, border tile, ceramic tile, mission tile
Vases – cabinet vase, ribbed vase
California Faience Value, Price Guide
Mid $ – Mid $,$$$