LA Jolla Clay Pottery Bowls Set of 4
Offering three cereal bowls and one small lidded casserole dish,various colors,two green, one yellow, one blue. Impressed stamped La Jolla on bottom of each, Absolute mint condition,No chips cracks or crazing,Measures: Cereal bowls 6" dia 1-1/2" deep, lidded 5-1/2" dia handle 2-1/2" 2-1/2" deep.A great addition to anyones collection,
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Cornelio Rodriguez, an accomplished potter, came to La Jolla in 1928 from Tomatlan in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. He was looking for a suitable site where he and his brothers, Abraham and Ubaldo, could start a pottery works. Here, at the bend of what was then called La Jolla Canyon Road and which was the main route to Los Angeles, he found potter's gold, the perfect clay deposit, otherwise known as "barro."
He purchased the property and he and his brothers established the La Jolla Canyon Clay Products Company and built it and their houses here. Their families and their company flourished. They produced handmade roof tiles, unglazed floor tiles, unglazed floor tiles and adobe brick for more than 20 years.
In the 1950s the brothers were no longer able to use the large oil-fired kiln of earlier days. Many in the large family moved but Abraham and Cornelio lived out their days here. Cornelio and his wife, Matiana, continued making pots and other clay products on a more limited scale. Using hand-dug clay shaped on a potter's wheel and fired in a circular wood-burning kiln of ancient Roman design, they supplied the community with unique pottery and delighted generations school children with deomnstrations of their skill.b
All that remains of the original tile works is the old wood-burning kiln, which continued in use until the 1980s.