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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA CATALINA POTTERY' another number--the color is retain- IMPROVE HOME GROUNDS LONG BRIDGE CO " WINS FIRST PLACE iscent of the blue seen at the bottom ,: ..-_.~_ of the island's famous submarine gar- By 'tile late Ernest H. Wilson, Keeper The new Sydney, Australia By Alnaa O~erholt dens. Then there is a I)escanso of the Arnold Arboretum. bridge, reputedly the largest green, a lovely delicate shade betweeni:ew things pay such great and cou-world, was opened March 19th Tim Catalina ex.ihOit of pottery dud a Nile and an apple green, this too tinuotrs dtvidenusof genuine satis- bridge is a large single-arch spa: t,c prouucts ~on urst place at the colnes in tile soft satiny mat glazes, feet long, 175 feet above the ~ong Dcacn Auttttor,unt test week an(l faction as well planted nome grounds. Mtractca thoasands to tac ~sland Another distinct Catalina ware and There is tile joy of creating beau,ty, made of steel, with abutment b~doth.This week tne Broadway De- one that is entirely new is an obsid- the knowledge tllat the appearance of of Au, stralian granite. It is de to carry a load of 10,000 tons,' tan black in a high gloss and hand your home phtcc is such that it will capacity of eighty trains, 6000'I lJartment store in L, os Angeles ~s de- decorated in 14 karat gold before re2 bear inspection of your friends, neigh- ~;,tmg an entire Easter window to firing. ]'his ware is much on the or- vehicles, and 40,000 pedestriansatl' Catalina pottery..'~ext week l'arnlalee- burs aud passers-by. *lorever, there . D~fimnan's at t.ung Beach will lint on der of the rare Etruscan ware of the is a tremendous satisfaction in know- ----" ~:---- ancients, a ware that rightly belongs ing that your grounds give unmistak- Our Adler Column helps. Tt ~'demonstration of Catalina potteryin a jeweler's window, aDte evidence of .good taste, culture r-, ,, - a't their exclusive store, in the Queen Suggestive of the Moorish influence and refinement. T!mse, together with City. cataunapottery is the talk of and tfaeromantieAlta California per- the joy of living aufid'beautiful sur-I AI, L]NA gA t[~c maint,an,,l. 'The discovery of vast deposits of led, yet another new island ware has roundings, repay you. a hundred-fold r~,rc clays on Catalina Island has led been produced. This comprizes deeo- for the small investment of money to t, he production of some of the finest rative plates, candy and tobacco jars, and time required. p~ttcry produced in modern times, ash trays, graceful jardiniers and vases, in the home blessed with children, 309 Crescent Avenue all hand painted in mineral enamels beautiful surroundings are more than J/lmmgh extensive laboratory expert- and retired. The motifs are of mission a pleasure--they arc a necessity. ~ ~ii't:.talion and research earned on at ruins, desert scenes, colorful senor- Everyone recognizes the important .... 5N11~&-N ]. SMITH the; island for several years before itas m whirlwind dances, gay cabal- i~pttery was produced for the market, a.distinct product has been evolved tliat is known as "Catalina ware." This ware is readily recognizable for its iJ&tuty and unusual 'hardness. Struck w'ii:h a hard metMlic object it rings dear as a bell. An experiment to test if.~ durability and practical u,nbreak- ablcness Was made with a vase used iii: drive a nail through a two by four id'ank; The vase remained undamaged. "."The distinctive quality of Catalina ~are is due to two factors. The base u~ed and the rare clays fouud on Cat- altna Island. For some of the finest pieces clay dust caught ou,t of the air a'r lilt. Catalina quarry is used. Pot- tory is one of the oldest of crafts. The ;mcients knew that the quality of their ware depended Oil the fineess to which /bey were able to.. grind their clays. St,,m' mills were used in the olden times, i Steel ball mills are the means bf grinding efhployed today. However, ~cither methods can grind the clay as tim: as the dust that is caught from ~he air at Catalina, where specially ~)fiilt "dust catchers" have been instal- !ed by D. M. Renton, general manager $ff the island, for the double purpose (,f protecting the health of employees ;,v6rking at the quarry and at the ~same time securing a clay of such fine tex'tnre that an entirely new and ~nost beautiful ware has been made .l,,;ssiblei . :~ Clays equa in richness and texture 4- the finest clays found along the :Nile, deposited through centuries of :tt60ds, arc found on Catalina Island. :One very fine black plastic clay is flmud at the bottom of Echo Lake, ti{dden away 'in the interior rugged ;fastm:sses of the island. This clay is ::rich in "Kaolin" and known as a "fat" 'clay. However, like the rich clays of ]~gypt it cannot be used alone, burr ,must be :nixed with leaner clays, also if,rand on the island. In Silver Can- ~yot~ are found silicas and aluminas iuked in the island laboratories in the pcrparat, ion of cl, ay mixtu~'es which are worked up into the "biscuit" aod then hand kueaded and hand moulddd. The remarkable color and metallic lustre of Catalina ware is due to min- tral :oxides found on the island, and ionuerly used by the pre-historic tribe of "white Indians" who inhabited Cat- alina Island as war paint and to adorn rhe wooden anatomy of their sun god Chinigehinch. These Indians, who inhabited the island before the coming ,f the white man, made bowls, 5ollas and other needful things of stone, tc(Eou~ly fashioning their shapes with crude stone adzes. Little did they know that close at hand they had wonderfully plastic clays which they could have molded into finer pottery than auy for which they bartered with their red brothers on th'e main- land. lleauty of color is a distinctive fea- ture ~d Catalina ware. One outstand- ing i,roduct is called Toyon, and re- sembles somewhat the Samian :pottery ,,f the Romans. Toyon is a rich shade between an orange and a cherry red ,rely more brilliant and of a brighter /us*re than the ordinary tile shade. Anc~thcr distiuctive color is known as a Cafalina blue, this is a shade between an Alice and a cobalt and comes in the mat glazes. A high gloss glaze in an exquisite turquoise blue, is leros strunmaing guitars in the moon- light, colorful peasant scenes of old Europe--no two motifs alike and each an artistic gem created by artists on the island. Glazed tile lflaques and even plates are made at Catalina. These are at- tracting unusual attention because of their brilliant colors and .exceedingly flue executions of designs. Tl'ie glazes of varied mineral compositions are apl)lied with tiny syringes before the ware receives the second firing. .Ex- otic macaws, birds of paradise, sword- fish, g0ssamer-winged flying fish, Cal- itornia wild flowers, desert scenes, all are emlfloyed in this beautiful decor- ative glazed ware. Tile top coffee tables, bridge aud checkerboard tables, also backgamon are :a~nong the interesting products made of Catalina clays. Then there are the beautiful patio pieces in the soiid color mat glaze's that are attract- ing attention both for their beauty of color and shape. An artist famed for his stndy of I~eriod pottery is the de- signer of many of the lovely forms. Catalina never clumsy look- ing or appearing out of balance. There are slender vases ranging from the tiny bud base to. those that look very nmch like the jugs that hid All Baba's forty thieves; double and single handled vases, bridge lamps fashioned of tall slender vase bases fastened in a stand of wrought iron, fern pots that are hand tooled and or'hers that are fastened in wrought iron brackets for the wall. The Catalina Tile and Pottery plant is situated at Pebbly Beach, at the terminus of Avalon Boardwalk and a mile and a half from Avalon Bay. The plant comprises a series of units given over'to research l:abo'ratories, mold rooms, artists studios, kilns, as- sembling and storage buildings. Here hund=eds of craftsmen, artists and technicalresearch workers are em- ployed inthe production of Catalina pottery, an industry that is rapidly becoming one of the largest in South- ern California, and an added vehicle for the publicizing of its charms. Cat- aiina IslamL itself t, ransformed into pieces of beautiful pottery is finding its way into homes throughout the country and even into foreign lano~ where householder's proudly exhibit a vase, a lamp or perhans ~ d,~".''ative plate orsome novelty as "havini~ come allthe way from Catalina Is- l~,~d, and made by Catalina artisans." ~--" ): -- GAME FISH OF CATALINA Marlin Swordfish (Tetrapiurus mitsu kurit'~. P, rnadbill Swordfish (Xil~hias ffladiu~) Yeltowtail (Serioia dorsalis). Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus). Dolphin (Coryphaenus htppurus) Ciant Bass (Stereolepis Izigas). VellowfinTnna (Thnnnus maer,,0. terus). Albacore (Thunnus alalon~a). California Bcmito (Sarda Chiliensis~. White Sea Bass (Cynoseiion nc~bli~ Ocean B~nito (Gvmnosarda iwlamvs) Catalina Island will give you the "rest of your life"---in whichever sense you cho6se to take it. Our Adlet Column helps. Try it. part environment plays in shaping the character of a child. Lucky the child who passes through the impressionable years of his life amid the beauty of trees, plants, flowers and other grow- ing things! He is instilled with an appreciatiou of the beautiful and bet- ter things in life in a ntanner that will leave an indellible stamp upon his character. You'll find pleasure and health in your garden. The pleasure of plan- ning, the fun of the actual planting, the interest of caring for and watch- in~ each step in th.e development of your trees, shrubs and flowers. The first green sign that Mother Nature is smiling upon your effort! These bringa thrill not to be found in any other activity. And the hours spent iu the open air and sunshine will each contribute its full share to your health attd happiness. Eveja if you live in a city apartment there arc many flowers and plants you can grow in tubs and boxes in windows, on the porch or even on the roof. And there may be some little lflOt where you can have a little gar- den all your own. Every householder should joiu in the movement to beautify the homes of America. He owes it to himself, t,) his family, friends and neighbors attd to the community of which he is a part. It is interesting to know that, in ad- dition to the enjoyment derived from well planted grounds, every, treet hedge, plant and vine you. plant adds farmore to the value of your property than than its cost. in fact, you are actual- 13" paid for making your 'home at- tractive, not alone by the added pleasure and satisfaction of living in cheerful surroundings; but in actual dollars and cents. By making your property more attractive you make it re,we valuable. Any real estate au- thority will tell you that a well planted place will bring far more money, if of_ fered for sale or rent, than the same place unplanted or poorly planted. [ WOMEN SUBSCRIBE TO AND READ THE ISLANDER. THAT'S WHY ADS PAYI Women are the largest group of readers of newspapers. 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