Vessel USA Inc. was founded in 1998 to revive the award-winning Architectural Pottery Collection, a Los Angeles company founded in 1950 by Max and Rita Lawrence. Prominent mid-century LA architects such as Richard Neutura and Pierre Koenig favored the pottery line for spare and geometrically ordered landscapes. The Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited pieces as early as 1951. Arranged in clusters, elevated by spindly stands or hugging the ground, these architectural icons appeared in many of Julius Schulman’s famed photographs of Southern California architecture.
The Architectural Pottery Collection™ has evolved with two concepts. To manufacture high quality ceramics that would safeguard the health of growing plants and to produce these products in a range of related shapes complementary to modern architecture. Used as a single element or in a grouped composition, Architectural Pottery will show its timeless appeal and graceful simplicity.
Today, Vessel USA Inc. continues to produced environmental ceramics in southern California. From materials and specifications to glazing and firing techniques, each piece is hand-crafted with integrity. Vessel USA brands are most appreciated by trade professionals, architects and design aficionados worldwide.