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.

4 comments:

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