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Franciscan Pottery has always been a favorite of mine. I’ve collected a number of different patterns made by this California company over the years, from the 1950’s atomic-inspired Stardust to the cool 1970’s Moondance. But my absolute favorite, the one that I still continue to collect, is one of the first: El Patio.

Elegant art deco pretzel shaped handles make the El Patio teacups really stand out.

El Patio was one of the first designs Franciscan, then called Gladding Mcbean, made in the 1930s. It continued production until around 1954.  It came in a diverse range of colors, in both a matte and glossy finish. There was a strong southwestern feel to the pattern, in both the color palette and design. The salt and pepper shakers, for example, were inspired by the shapes of sombreros.

The Redwood color, as well as the sombrero shape, ring true to El Patio’s southwestern influence.

The beauty, for me, in El Patio lies in the diversity of colors. You can easily mix and match to suit the season or occasion. For example, Golden Glow and Redwood are perfect for Thanksgiving, while the Glacial Blue, Apple Green, and Pale Yellow are best suited for an Easter brunch.

The rich gold color of Golden Glow, speckled with flecks of coppers and chocolate browns, are perfect for the autumn.

I have collected a little of each color over the years, but now my focus for my own use are the yellows and the Glacial Blue, as these more closely match the current décor of my home, and fill a void that other dishware collections do not fill. The majority of the other colors that I still have are now available in my Etsy shop, Vintagepoetic. Including a number of pieces in Golden Glow, and quite a few sets of the salt and pepper shakers. You can follow the links below to check some of them out: