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Great 2013 Holiday Inventory and Daily Super Specials

c.1957-72 by Albert Hallam in '57 13" x 6" Centerpiece Console MCM orig label, Item #1498-2, $155.00

Beswick Pottery c.1957-72 by Albert Hallam in ’57 13″ x 6″ Centerpiece Console Mid Century Modern w/ original label, Item #1498-2, List Price $155.00 SOLD!

Billy Blue Eye Pottery has hired a team of “Holiday Elves” to present to you some terrific ceramic items at Reduced Holiday Prices.  These daily specials will be available from 5:00 PM  on the day they are posted until 4:59 PM the next day. We guarantee that the item will be in superb condition and offer a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase. We guarantee that your selection will arrive well packaged and double boxed at a discounted shipping price of $15.00 in California and $20.00 for the rest of the USA. California residents are subject to local sales tax.  We accept Visa, MasterCard and Pay Pal and guarantee that your insured item will arrive in plenty of time for the gift-giving season.  To order call our Direct “Daily Special” Phone # 949-496-1889 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Our first offering is this Beswick Pottery (Est. 1892) of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England oval centerpiece bowl that was designed by Albert Hallem in 1957 and produced from 1957 until 1972. The footed bowl was hand painted in an abstract, playful black and white design giving the work an Atomic Ranch, Eames Era look. The bowl is bottom stamped with the “Beswick England” stamp & faintly incised “Beswick – Made in England 1498-2”. (The mold number) An original “Beswick Ware” label is still affixed to this terrific Mid Century Modern work.


Howard Pierce c.1945-50 – 9.5″ x 6.5″ Speckled Green Arcature vase w/ Horse & Tree, Item number P-500, List Price $225.00 SOLD!

Today’s second offering is this increasingly rare Arcature Vase made by Chicago born Howard Pierce (1912-94) who was at the forefront of the California ceramic movement creating stylized, distinct porcelain sculptures of animal, bird and human subjects. He was admired by his peers for his creation of many unique glaze processes and his ability to oversee all areas of product production up to the placement of finished works in only the finest gift shops and department stores nationwide.

In the early 1950s Howard created limited edition Arcature Vases taking snapshots of animal life and recreating scenes in the center of well crafted vases. Each finished product looked like a still life freeze in a television screen, a novelty in the early ’50s.. The tableau used in the this vase is a horse and old tree with gnarled branches. This speckled green glazed vase frames the silken white horse and tree beautifully. It is in-mold marked “Howard Pierce Claremont, Calif. # P-500.”

The Billy Blue Eye team is also adding new inventory to our individual pottery company pages. Be sure to check out some of the beautiful new items from Beswick and Weller PotteryIf you have any questions regarding any of our items or Daily Specials you may also e-mail us direct at  We will be happy to send additional photos upon request. A special thank you to all of our clients for your support and we offer sincere wishes for a Happy Chanukah, a Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year to you all.

January 25, 2014

Please Note:  The Special Holiday Pricing has expired.  If interested in one or both of these terrific items please contact us .


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Long Beach Today – Sunday, October 21st

The Bennetts of California c.1949 “Serpentine” Series 8″ Vase – Mold #206,  $109.00

It is with great pleasure that we announce that we will be at the Long Beach Antique and Collectible Market today, Sunday, October 21st.  After a seven week hiatus we look forward to showing you, our valuable customers and friends all the newest treasures  we have recently acquired.  Although under strict “rest” restrictions these past two months we were still able to uncover some terrific vases from all of your favorite potteries and from some newly discovered ones as well. Let me take this moment to thank those that sent “get well” wishes. The reports of my demise were greatly exaggerated (as well they should be!) and I am feeling terrific.

Roseville Pottery, c.1945, 8.25″ Double Handled Urn, Mold #196-8, $295.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.  Billy Blue Eye Pottery is located in space # A-853.  Look for our familiar green and white tent. We will have over 225 ceramic and stoneware items available and promise that there will be many newly found items to tempt you with.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Stangl Pottery of Trenton, New Jersey, c.1935-37 7″ Ribbed Ball Vase in Tangerine with Green Interior, $115.00 SOLD

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