Featured Collectible – Howard Pierce Ceramics

howard pierce ceramics header 2Girl With Flowers Figurine – Photo by Lem’s Lark Basement

A couple of weeks ago I picked up this lovely 6″ Mary & Baby Jesus figurine at a church sale – it was stamped on the bottom with just a name: Howard Pierce.

Howard Pierce Ceramic Mary & Jesus Green FigurineWhen I started researching it, I immediately fell in love – there are SO many amazing Howard Pierce pieces out there! I swear, no matter how long you buy and sell vintage items, there is always something that you have never seen before… That’s part of the fun, right? :)

A Bit Of History

Howard Pierce Ceramics or Howard Pierce Porcelain operated out of California from the 1940’s until the early 1990’s. According to a brochure he used to give to visitors at his studio:

“Howard personally handles all aspects of the ceramics — from original sculpture modeling, making of the molds, formulating the clay body and glazes, to the production and firing of the pieces. Each piece an original, hand-crafted American product. Howard continues to focus on porcelain, a high quality ceramic process which includes a single firing at 2150°F.”

He seems to have specialized in animal and people figurines, but there are some really cool vases floating around out there as well. Howard Pierce pieces are popular with collectors – and rightly so! Luckily, while some pieces are rather expensive (as in several hundred dollars expensive!), there are also pieces that go for very reasonable prices, many in the $12 to $15 range. My Mary and Jesus sold for $31 at auction on eBay.

Howard Pierce Goodness

howard pierce owl vaseCalifornia Pottery Artist Howard Pierce Vase w/ Modernist Owls

howard pierce cat figurinesPair Of Howard Pierce Art Pottery Siamese Cat Figurines

howard pierce st. francis figurineVintage Howard Pierce St. Francis Of Assisi Figurine

howard pierce bud vasesVintage Howard Pierce California Pottery Bud Vases Set

howard pierce bunny rabbit figurineVintage Howard Pierce Medium Bunny Rabbit Figurine

howard pierce angel with harp figurineVintage Howard Pierce Angel With Harp Figurine

howard pierce goose geese figurinesVintage Howard Pierce Ceramic Geese Figurines

howard pierce girl with basket figurineVintage Howard Pierce Girl With Basket Figurine

These are just some of my favorites that I wanted to share – there is LOTS more where this came from – just head on over to Etsy or eBay to see everything that is currently available for sale!

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6 thoughts on “Featured Collectible – Howard Pierce Ceramics

  1. Shannon

    Love Howard Pierce! I’ve found and sold his quail pieces a few times…probably one of the easier items to find so a bit harder to sell than it used to be.
    But one time I found a “Modern Jackrabbit” and it sold for $81 or so. It was a fairly rare piece. Fun!!

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  2. Mitzi Post author

    I think I saw the Jackrabbit when I was poking around… But I decided to show the little bunny instead because it is SO cute… The ring around its eye got me, I think. ;) I can’t believe I haven’t ever found any HP before – I guess maybe it’s not so common to find here in Ohio? Being from CA and all? I don’t know… Hope I do find more eventually though!

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  3. Candace

    Very informative – I found a Siamese Cat back in 2014 – it sold for $25 on eBay. I love the Owl planter vase.
    Thanks for blogging.

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