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Books on Franciscan Ceramics & Gladding McBean Pottery

There is a wealth of information about Franciscan already in print.
Here are some books we highly recommend for the Franciscan collector.

New Books on Franciscan Ceramics from 2012

Common Ground

Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975
 
Includes "The Studio Years" on Interpace Franciscan Ceramics from 1962 to 1975.
By James Elliot-Bishop

Available from The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)

 

El Patio Table Ware

El Patio Table Ware
By James Elliot-Bishop

A comprehensive book on El Patio includes all shapes, colors, and years
manufactured by the Gladding, McBean Company.
A must have for El Patio Collectors.
Available in Softcover, Hardcover, and EBook for iPad.
To preview and order

 

Books in Print


 

Franciscan Hand-Decorated
Embossed Dinnerware

by James F. Elliot-Bishop
Schiffer Books for Collectors

Franciscan Hand-Decorated Embossed Dinnerware Book Cover

California-based Gladding, McBean & Co. began producing Franciscan dinnerware in the 1930s. Their introduction of Franciscan Apple in 1940 heralded a new product line featuring heavily sculpted, embossed dinnerware hand-decorated in brilliant colors. Desert Rose, introduced a year later, became the top selling dinnerware pattern in the world. Many additional patterns were produced through 1984, when the Franciscan plant in Glendale, California was closed. This comprehensive guide focuses solely on Franciscan hand-decorated embossed dinnerware manufactured in the United States and includes Apple, Desert Rose (and its three variations), Wild Flowers, Ivy, Fruit, California Poppy, October, Forget-Me-Not, Strawberry Fair, Strawberry Time, Fresh Fruit, Bountiful, Rosette, and Bouquet. Over 430 color photos illustrate these highly collectible pieces while the captions provide values, sizes, and other information for each pattern. An extensive company history and detailed shape listings are included. This is the complete reference for collectors of Franciscan hand-painted embossed dinnerware.

May be ordered From:

Powell's Books Portland
Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble Online

 

 

Franciscan, Catalina, and Other
Gladding, McBean Wares
by James F. Elliot-Bishop
Schiffer Books for Collectors

Franciscan, Catalina, and Other Gladding, McBean Wares Book Cover

The early terra cotta, garden wares, tiles, Franciscan line, and Catalina artware produced by the prolific Gladding, McBean and Company from the late 1800s to 1942 are covered and beautifully displayed in this fascinating book. The Franciscan pottery table and artware line, so named to honor the Franciscan Friars who established Spanish Missions in California, was one of the most successful product lines produced by California's Gladding, McBean and Company. Among the dishes displayed here are their most popular patterns, including El Patio, Coronado, Metropolitan, Apple, and Desert Rose. Also featured are the colorful wares made after the firm acquired the Catalina Island Pottery in 1937. The history of Gladding, McBean covers its establishment in Lincoln, California, in 1873 to its closure in 1984. Values included. This is a wonderful guide book for everyone who loves twentieth century pottery!

May be ordered From:

Powell's Books Portland
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble Online

 

Franciscan, Plain & Fancy
by Delleen Enge.
Delleen Enge, Ojai, CA, 1997. Paperback.

Delleen's third book on Franciscan. This now can be referred to as "Franciscan Book Three" by Franciscan Collectors. Included are patterns not in either Delleen's Book 1 or Book 2. Included in this book is Starburst, Oasis, & Duet as well as Tiempo, Sundance & Madeira.

Available Through:

Send $15 (includes shipping) to:

Bon Vivant
457 North Palm Canyon #3
Palm Springs, California 92262

 

Franciscan, Embossed Hand-Painted
by Delleen Enge.
Delleen Enge, Ojai, CA, 1992. Paperback. Out-of-print.

Delleen's second book on Franciscan. Sometimes referred to as "Franciscan Book Two." Met with great response, this is the resource for collectors of the hand-painted embossed dinnerware lines such as Desert Rose and Apple. Second Edition.

Available Through:

Send $15 (includes shipping) to:

Bon Vivant
457 North Palm Canyon #3
Palm Springs, California 92262

 

 

Franciscan An American Dinnerware Tradition

Franciscan - An American Dinnerware Tradition
By by Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen
Replacements LTD

Features a unique look into the history of Franciscan dinnerware, with full-color digitally captured images of more than 400 patterns. Thorough detail on Franciscan favorites such as Apple, Desert Rose, and Ivy. Comprehensive sections on Handpainted, Earthenware, and Fine China dinnerware, including a brief history with interesting information about each pattern. Includes segments on Franciscan Crystal, Flatware, Collectibles and Giftware. Hardbound, 272 pages, Includes price guide.

May be ordered through
 Replacements LTD

 

 

Franciscan Dining Services
by Jeffrey B. Snyder
Schiffer Books for Collectors.

A good reference for a majority of dinnerware patterns manufactured by Franciscan. Many patterns are shown with pictures. Does not list pieces, origin, or dates for the patterns. Price guide is for replacement values only on common dinnerware shapes (i.e. cups/saucers etc.)

May be Ordered through:
Powell's Books Portland
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble Online

 

Architectural Terra Cotta of Gladding, McBean
by Gary F. Kurutz.
Windgate Press, Sausalito, CA, 1989 Hardcover, $75.00.

Covers the history, terms and production of terra cotta in the Lincoln plant. Also includes buildings constructed with terra cotta in California.

May be Ordered through:
Powell's Books Portland
Amazon.com

 

 


Out of Print Books

 

Franciscan Ware
by Delleen Enge
Collector Books, Paducah, KY, 1981. Paperback, out-of-print.

Delleen's first book on Franciscan. Some refer it as "Franciscan Book One." A wonderful introduction to Franciscan, it covers the history and many of the early patterns produced by Gladding McBean. Since it is out of print, expect to pay $35 or more for an edition.

Out of Print
May be purchased on eBay

 

 

Catalina Art Pottery
Delleen Enge
Delleen Enge, Ojai, CA, 1982. Paperback, Out of print.

A reprint of a 1942 sales brochure featuring artware produced by Gladding, McBean & Co. Lines included in the catalog are Oxblood and Polynesia Ware, as well as others. This only published book on artware unfortunately is out of print. Expect to pay at least $45 for an original edition.

Out of Print
May be purchased on eBay