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George James

George.T. James, a ceramic designer most famous for the creation of Eclipse range of tableware for Franciscan Pottery, was born in 1921 in Lowell, Mass. He had joined Alfred University in Alfred, NY., to get a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, after serving in the US Army during the Second World War. He later got a job in Los Angeles as a ceramic engineer and designer in Gladding McBean & Co. firm’s Franciscan department.

While working there, he designed a variety of exquisite products, but the most iconic of his work is the classic Eclipse line of dinnerware that was decorated with the aesthetic Starburst pattern, and the equally popular and beautiful modern line of vases and ornamental items called Contours. He eventually became the director of design for Franciscan Pottery.

Apart from designing, he was happy to share his knowledge through teaching ceramics at USC in the mid ‘60s, and by being a consultant to many pottery firms including the ceramics company of Sasha Brastoff. He passed away at the age of 82 after a fatal fall in 2003 in Glenwood, CA.

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George James

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