Florence ceramics are trademark style of ceramics pioneered by Florence Ward and today collected across the world.
Ward lived in Pasadena, California, with her husband and two children. Following the death of her younger son, Florence joined a hobby class at the Franklin School for pottery and ceramics.
She already had talents for sketching and drawing, and incorporated this into her three-dimensional work.
Florence was employed as a studio assistant, through which she further developed her talents for ceramic art and crafts. Florence Ceramics was founded in 1942.
Based in Pasadena, California, it operated from World War II to 1977 – although ceramics with the company’s trademark style continue to be made.
Florence ceramics have unique designs across a range of products, some classable as art deco, including:
- cosmetic boxes
- candy dishes
- decorative curios
Human figurines are among the most collectible Florence ceramic pieces. They are known for their proportionate beauty and expressive looks. Today, these figures are specially manufactured around Christmas.
Other Florence ceramic figurines were based on real people, like Madame Pompadour, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra and others.
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