Bauer Pottery Marks
Distinguishing Bauer Pottery Marks
If you collect any sort of California pottery, you are probably familiar with the name “Bauer.” Among other vibrant collectors, Bauer pottery is one of the most popular and collected of the California pottery.
“J.A Bauer Pottery” located in Los Angeles California, was the original Bauer Company that was well known in the production of utility goods, colorful dinnerware and other
art pottery between the year 1910 and 1962. Andrew Bauer began his pottery
career in Louisville in Kentucky in the 1980’s and later on moved to Los Angeles to grow his arts and crafts movement.
The original Bauer pottery was perhaps the most popular for its production in a line of
Dinnerware that incorporated a molded ring that imitated the Home Laughlin
Fiesta Line. The official Bauer for the ringed line pottery was California
pottery, but today it’s commonly referred to as the “ring ware”
Today, the Bauer pottery has revolutionized and has been registered again where the new products of the Bauer pottery have been introduced. These new products have imitated the original Bauer “ring ware” version including some of its original shapes.
In the year 1999, a businessman from Los Angeles, Janek Bonieck re-registered the Bauer name and came up with an official trademark that was filed with the United States
The first products by Bonieck were more or less similar to the original Bauer “ring ware”
pottery. He later realized that his products were being sold as original
products and that’s when he decided to add the “2000” mark to the original
Bauer pottery in the year 2000. It was not the intention of Bonieck to sell his pottery
as his original work in the secondary market and was really surprised when
this happened. He, therefore, decided to add the “2000” mark to his
version on January 2000. This led to a massive production with more than 25 shapes
being produced in the year 2001 with all but six shapes incorporating the “2000”
With time the mark has been changed in other shapes due continuous repair and replacement of the mold. New designs without the mark include the tumbler and pitcher and the leaf designed vases.
Collectors might find some difficulty with the new Bauer pottery that does not have a "2000" mark. While all original Bauer pottery marks are impressed, most of the new Bauer products have the “2000” either incised within the clay while some have the mark raised. Those
with or without a raised mark are the newest products of the Bauer pottery.
Most of these pieces have a number included in the mark and any piece with an impressed number is not Bauer product since the “2000” is a date mark and not a model number
as most imitating producers want to imply.
Some of the newest products also have the Bauer Pottery Trademark as registered with the US Trademark office while the newest pieces of the Bauer products have the paper label. Some have Gold and black lettering and gray vase while others have a red vase. Great caution should be practiced with the paper model as malicious producers
are removing these labels and applying them to their unmarked pieces
of a lower value.