Located in a corrugated metal warehouse in an industrial area of Glendale, the Bauer Pottery Showroom borders the Forest Lawn cemetery on the far side of a dead-end road -the perfect pilgrimage for bargain hunting pottery lovers. I finally made the trek myself last weekend...just in time for the holiday sale.
In addition to browsing shelves full of slightly imperfect seconds, I also met, Janek Boniecki, the clever entrepreneur who purchased trademark rights to reproduce Bauer Pottery in 1998.
While staying true to Bauer's original aesthetic, Boniecki has introduced a few new designs as well as several new colors. Another change: he uses glazes free of the lead and uranium once used to achieve the collection's happy signature colors -making the new pottery food safe.
Boniecki uses vintage Bauer pottery to create molds for new production.
Prices were dangerously reasonable...also, I found that tags for the same item varied depending on the imperfection --so be sure to look around.
For December, the showroom is hosting their annual holiday clearance sale every weekend until Christmas. Last weekend, everything was 20 percent off. Next Saturday/Sunday 13-14 everything will be 25 percent off; and on Saturday Dec. 20 pottery will be 30 percent off.
After that seconds will be for sale online Dec.22-January 9.
Warning: shopping may result in unexpected purchases for your-very-own-self. Gifts? Ooops...
In many ways, the spirit of J.A. Bauer, the original founder of the pottery company lives on --in fact, you can almost feel his presence. Literally. As fate would have it, J.A. Bauer is buried in the cemetery next door to the showroom and they say if you look, you can see his final resting place from the second floor window.