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Bauer Pottery: classic California is back

This is one of my favorite styles for a garden fountain: a seat height basin with a gorgeous centerpiece to catch your eye and create some lively sound. In this case, the centerpiece is a glazed Oil Jar by Bauer Pottery (image from Sunset magazine’s website). If you are at all into Mid-Century Modern design, you’ll love Bauer. The original Bauer Pottery hit its stride in Los Angeles in the 1930’s and this new line, reintroduced under the Home by Sunset label, is a chance for those of us who can’t afford a vintage Bauer Oil Jar to get some of that incredible style for our own gardens. The colors are incredible: some are exceptionally bold like their classic Bauer Orange, and others are wonderfully subtle. I, of course, love the aqua. No big surprise there.

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