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I love discovering women artists who have made their mark on their respective industries. The world of vintage is full of such women, from Enid Collins and her jeweled purses to the gal I am sharing with you today – Kay Finch and her California ceramics company.
Finch was in the ceramics business from the 1930s through the 60s. During the mid-century heyday of California pottery, Kay Finch’s designs were wildly popular. Her whimsical figurines featured animals and people – some in realistic colors, some in gold, and many in her signature pastels.
Kay Finch teamed up with her husband who worked on the business side of the operation. In 1941, the Finches opened their studio in Corona Del Mar, California. At one point, the studio employed over sixty people. Kay Finch designed the pieces produced by her studio, and she hired mold makers and painters who were in charge of production. Finch was a dog-lover and an international dog show judge. Her love of dogs is apparent in her work. Finch’s whimsical ceramic dogs are desirable to those who collect her designs today.
This brings me to the latest vintage find. My mom discovered this one. I watched her walk up to a garage sale and pick up this golden Yorkshire terrier figurine with a smile on her face. She knew it was a Kay Finch piece before turning it over to see the mark. (FYI -Her brain is an antique and vintage encyclopedia!)
How adorable is this Yorkie? I love how her long fur curls at the end, and she has the sweetest smile. Like many Kay Finch pieces, the gold dogs have become hard to find. There are a few different dogs available for sale online.
Are you a fan of Kay Finch’s designs? Do you love vintage California pottery as much as I do? Let me know in the comment section below!
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