Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pottery for Parking

 Inadvertently, I think I've got a theme going this week on Parking Places. This one in Manhattan Beach close to the pier demonstrates that parking structures don't have to be dreary places. Sadly, I did not find out who the artist is.

"Metlox, although it may not look it now, is actually a city landmark, as it has stood in Manhattan Beach for more than 80 years. For many of those years, it was a pottery manufacturing facility. But not too long ago, Metlox was transformed into an outdoor shopping center that has become a hub in Manhattan Beach for socializing, especially for me and my friends, as well as many other Mira Costa students" -- by Adam Gerard, a freshman at Mira Costa High School.

In 1934 "Poppytrail by Metlox" was used. Shortly after "Poppytrail Made in California, U.S.A." was used on dinnerware and artware.


Wanda said...

How nice to have a parking place make you smile.

Bibi said...

I like it when they keep things from a place's former life.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

interesting that it's stamped as opposed to engraved. I have Metlox pottery. Never knew the history but I think I once saw a Metlox sponsored float in appreciation of the 1932 Olympics. Now things are coming together. although I think it was presented by Rhedondo beach

Almost Precious said...

Nice way to brighten the interior of a parking building (garage). I agree with you and think parking garages can be terribly dark and dreary.

The use of the Metlox ceramic plate as the center piece in a sunburst pattern is clever and attractive