|Sailfish vase & swirl candlsticks|
|This is a great book by Carl Gibbs Jr. -- all the information (and book pictures) in this blog post come from this book & he gets full credit!|
|Their dinneware was equally colorful and pretty as Homer Laughlin's Fiesta line!|
1940s: They stopped production during WWII and Prouty sold to Evan Shaw in 1946. Shaw hired Bob Allen and Mel Shaw (no relation), who were animators & created lots of animal lines for Metlox. They started doing painted pieces, like this California Ivy relish dish. The hand-decorated lines were their most popular and rivaled Franciscan's Desert Rose line.
|Vernon Kilns plaid salt & pepper and a California Ivy relish dish|
|Blair handpainted decorative pot|
|1954 Free Form gravy boat -- I love this line, with its atomic-era shapes!|
|My newest find at the antique mall -- a large (13") Free Form platter!|
1970s: Hand-decorated and open-stock dishes went out of style and people wanted boxed sets. Metlox couldn't compete with foreign manufacturers (mainly Japan). They still had the little animal line, though, and some planters called 'Poppets' that were designed by Helen Slater & which were very popular.
1989: Metlox closed its doors for good. They were the last California pottery works to go out of business. This is all that's left of the Manhattan Beach factory.
|The old Metlox sign -- all that's left at Manhattan Beach|
|Franciscan Autumn Leaves divided dish|
|Franciscan ceramic tray, Gladding McBean (Franciscan) butter dish and Patio line salt & pepper|
|Franciscan condiment set|