The CASA COASTAL series goes on all summer. On June 23rd, author Carole Coates came to the Casa to speak about Catalina Island style pottery and its history.
Read on as we re-cap interesting facts about Catalina Island pottery from Carole Coates’ lecture.
1. Balboa Park kicked off America’s obsession with the Spanish Colonial Revival style.
San Diego’s Balboa Park was built in 1915 to showcase the Panama-California Exposition, and its Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture was so popular with visitors that many developing cities patterned their architecture after it – including the City of San Clemente. One hidden influence on the style’s popularity is that the United States and Germany were vying for an allegiance with Mexico after World War I. To encourage fraternizing, American media glamorized Mexican artists, architects, and trade.
2. Catalina’s bear-shaped pottery was made in support of the Cubs baseball team.
From 1921-1951,William Wrigley, Jr. brought the Chicago Cubs out to the island every year for spring training. Tourists who visited Avalon to watch the Cubs play could take home special “cub” pottery handmade on Catalina Island as a memento.
3. The number of authentic Catalina Island pottery artifacts is unknown.
Even today, many new examples of official Catalina Island pottery are being discovered. The number of artifacts is constantly growing. Due to this, no one is certain how many exactly are still in existence.
Catalina Island Art Exhibit
June 17 – September 11, 2016
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