Finding Aid for the Max and Rita Lawrence Architectural Pottery Records, ca. 1950-1994

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Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Finding Aid for the Max and Rita Lawrence Architectural Pottery Records, ca. 1950-1994

Collection number: 1587

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division

Los Angeles, CA

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Max and Rita Lawrence Architectural Pottery Records,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1950-1994
Collection number: 1587
Creator: Architectural Pottery (Firm: Los Angeles, Calif.)
Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.) and 3 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Rita and Max Lawrence began the firm Architectural Pottery (1950) to produce and market the pottery container designs of students of LaGardo Tackett, professor at California School of Art. In 1971, the company name was changed to Group Artec and began producing office furniture, public seating, tile, kiosks, modern dinner ware, and building directories (signage). The collection consists of records of the firm Architectural Pottery/Group Artec and includes correspondence, publicity materials, photographic slides and scrapbooks.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rita and Max Lawrence, 1988 and 1994.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Max and Rita Lawrence Architectural Pottery Records (Collection 1587). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


Almost a lifetime resident of Los Angeles, Rita Milaw Lawrence was graduated from UCLA in 1940 (political science snd sociology). Earlier that year she was married to Max Lawrence, a New Yorker she met after he moved to Los Angeles following his graduation from City College of New York; in 1950 they began the firm Architectural Pottery to produce and market the pottery container designs of students of LaGardo Tackett, professor at California School of Art; began issuing catalogs in September 1950 featuring products for the new modern postwar styles of architecture, using new design materials, such as fiberglass; the firm had three locations in Los Angeles; subdivisions subsequently added included Architectural Fiberglass (1961), Pro-Artisan (1966), Arcon (1971), Architectural Ceramic Surfaces (1972), and Graphic structures (probably, 1972); in 1971, the company name was changed to Group Artec; the company produced varied products such as office furniture, public seating, tile, kiosks, modern dinner ware, and building directories (signage).

Biographical Narrative

In 1972 when architect A. Quincy Jones responded to a query from the Los Angeles Times for a statement about Architectural Pottery, he may also have encapsulated the essence of the manufacturing business established by Rita and Max Lawrence in 1950, as well as the thrust of those times in terms of design influence. In 1950, Los Angeles thrived in a climate of exuberance and what seems now to have been a boundless wellspring of creative energy that spawned a number of new design firms and manufacturers whose products influenced design attitudes, internationally, within the decade. Echoes of that time resound with renewed vibrations today in the questioning minds of researchers who seek to know how it all happened.
Looking back, from 1972 to 1950, Jones wrote, As manufacturers, Max and Rita Lawrence are more than patrons of good design. As 'resonators,' they bring together the designer and manufacturer, a role difficult to undertake, and understood by few, because it involves a commitment to the purpose of producing good design. Their belief in the integrity of the artist and the importance of using modern materials and methods to the best advantage has lead to the production of objects recognized the world over for their quality of design. And, I add, the repetitiveness of a well-designed object in no way decreases its value. The good thing about good design is that it does not involve contortions that result in strange attempts to exhibit originality.
Today, the first post World War 2 decade, 1945-1955, is revealing itself as the seminal period in which the specialness of the design contribution for the latter half of the century came to fruition. The cleavage between pre-war and post-war extended from 1938, when the war of devastation began in Europe (if not earlier). During this period the nation's efforts were channeled to the defense effort. Those with design skills, whether architects, artists, landscape planners or others, made technical drawings for aircraft factories, designed camouflage to conceal industries against enemy attack or were employed elsewhere in a time when domestic architecture and design endeavors were shelved for the duration.
This was the decade then, 1945-1955, for the start of a new way of thinking. New technology from the war years, new attitudes and social upheaval (still reverberating nearly half a century later) informed and shaped the special, particular, far-reaching design attitude that emerged. The old rule book did not work. It was up to new thinkers to put the new pieces together.
Architectural Pottery seemed to soar from the beginning, receiving recognition as early as the Museum of Modern Art (New York) 1951 Good Design Exhibition that included most of the designs in the firm's original small catalog. Displayed at museums and galleries, published extensively, with high visibility in designers' installations, the young company continued to receive awards of local, national, and international distinction.
Part of the richness of this collection is in the revelation of the designer-user-producer triumvirate that ultimately makes possible the products of designers whose work is manufactured for wide distribution. The balance is precarious. It takes finesse and incessant dedication to nurture each detail in the process until it becomes an integral element of the total picture. This collection may be a textbook example of how such a relationship is developed and honed. The visual and written messages of catalogs, brochures, advertisements, plus the internal and external correspondence, speak in behalf of the firm with integrity and consistency. The implied voice that underlies these communications establishes, throughout the role of the company as resonator as well as manufacturer in this diagrammatic triangle of designer-user-producer.
As a trail-blazer in the industry, the Lawrences pioneered production of large scale fiberglass reinforced plastic planters in 1961. Increasing demand for planters larger than could be made of clay lead Architectural Pottery to expand and invent their way into using this new material, not yet adapted in their product field. In time, besides the large planters, they produced an extended line of lounge furniture for indoor-outdoor use.
In 1965, Rita Lawrence wrote to an editor assembling material on 20th Century classics, Architectural Pottery was originated to make a statement about today's way of life, not to imitate or adapt the past. The forms we have introduced have become symbols of their era; the forms we will do in the future will be different, as we perceive new requirements and a new architectural idiom. To be truly contemporary in design implies constant movement and evolution. We are very proud of our laurels, but they represent milestones, not resting places. She continued to say, Southern California then (1950) was exploring a way of making living space of the outdoors ---a way of life that has since been adopted nationally and even internationally. Architectural Pottery provided a portable landscape and a focal point in garden plantings, then carried the motif into the home and office.
A key to the vitality of the approximate 25 years of their business is seen in the willingness of the Lawrences to carve new niches in a market they already knew and served well. In the 1970s, in newly created divisions, their product lines introduced a public seating system to provide one-piece unitized, massive seating arrangements for large public areas, floor and wall tiles, an office furniture system to accommodate new kinds of work place interiors responsive to electronic and computer needs, and a system of graphic structures and signage.
In the 1970s, the careful, finely tuned designs of Architectural Pottery and its sibling companies were gathered under the overall company name of Group Artec. In the 1990s, museums and art galleries continue to request loans of their clay pots, fiberglass planters, street furniture and other pieces that serve as icons for the memory of the period that made possible these design indicators.
A continued study of that decade, 1945-1955, enhances its value for understanding the linkage of those years and the design attitude that prevailed and defined the way of life in post-war California, especially. The microscopic view of a part of the history leads to the facets of the social and cultural references that relate to other lateral signals that together inform the larger picture in history.
Part of the story is likely to be found in this collection. The Lawrences, among others, were there. Their design attitude was intrinsic to the times.
By Elaine K. Sewell Jones

A Chronology of ARCHITECTURAL POTTERY (Firm: Los Angeles, California, Max and Rita Lawrence)

By Rita Lawrence
Date Event
1950 September Formation of Architectural Pottery, a company to produce and distribute large-scaled ceramic planters of contemporary design ---the culmination of a class project in the California School of Art.
1951 Museum of Modern Art's Good Design Award given to all designs in the original Architectural Pottery presentation catalog.
1953 Introduction of Sand Urns as a product category and the addition of a wide range of new designs, including the Trail Blazer awarded Hour Glass design by LaGardo Tackett, who had been the teacher of the original California School of Art class.
1959 Presentation of cylinders of diverse diameter and height, in a wide range of glazes. Numerous other designs added to accomodate needs of small and large plants.
1961 Formation of Architectural Fiberglass as a division of the original company, and presentation of geometric designs by John Follis in planters larger than could be made in clay. These, and other designs added later, became the recipients of numerous design awards.
1963 Addition of new product category of fiberglass trash receptacles and planter benches.
1964 Nomination for Industrial Arts Medal by Los Angeles and San Diego chapters of the American Institute of Architects.
1967 Expansion of products in clay to include more hand-crafted detail and another clay body and the establishment of the Pro/Artisan Studio within Architectural Pottery, under the guidance of David Cressey.
1967 A broadening of designs from Architectural Fiberglass to widen the Street Furniture offerings. Introduction of more sculptural designs in fiberglass benches and seating by Douglas Deeds and Elsie Crawford.
1968 Licensing of designs for manufacture in Western Europe. Later to be expanded to Japan, Australia, Argentina.
1969 Introduction of an all-fiberglass Work Center System for offices and line of lounge furniture for indoor / outdoor use by Douglas Deeds.
1971 Establishment of Group Artec as the new over-all company name and the addition of a new division, Arcon Furniture. Introduction of new designs in Public Seating by Richard Thompson, and others, to provide one-piece, unitized, massive seating arrangements for large public areas.
1972 Establishment of Architectural Ceramic Surfaces, a new division to produce quality floor and wall tile in new earthy glazes and textures designed by David Cressey.
1972 Presentation of the Thompson R/S System for offices based on a space frame concept of modularity and adaptability.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of records of the firm Architectural Pottery/Group Artec, established by Rita and Max Lawrence in 1950. Includes correspondence, publicity materials, photographic slides and scrapbooks. Also contains invoices, design statements and drawings, blueprints, patent information, catalogs and brochures, and magazine and newspaper articles.

Expanded Scope and Content

These records represent all surviving records of the Los Angeles firm best known under its first name, Architectural Pottery. The majority of the records were destroyed by fire August 26, 1984. This means that varying amounts of materials were preserved in the various subgroups. There is a probably complete run of the printed catalogs, for example, 1950-1973; but a limited amount of correspondence and office records, primarily from the 1960s-1970s. The records that remain were preserved by Max and Rita Lawrence. The records consist of design ideas and correspondence with designers; internal memos about production and marketing ideas; marketing means, such as photographs of products used as catalogs and printed catalogs; press releases; photographs of showrooms and installations; correspondence with foreign licensees; design awards and submissions; and two scrapbooks kept by Rita Lawrence of publicity achieved. Correspondence, photographs, and some sketches document the work of product designers, including: John Follis, Rex Goode, Douglas Deeds, LaGardo Tackett, Elsie Crawford, and Lawrence Halprin. Correspondence with museums and printed items from the museums includes material from The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Temporary Contemporary Museum of Modern Art (Los Angeles), and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Designers.
  2. Production and management.
  3. Designs.
  4. Warehouse.
  5. Foreign.
  6. Possible ventures.
  7. Sales.
  8. Procedures.
  9. Outreach.
  10. History.
  11. Development and operations.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Lawrence, Rita--Archives.
Lawrence, Max--Archives.
Architectural Pottery (Firm: Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archives.
Furniture designers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

Container List


Business Records


Development and Operations




Follis, John

Box 1, Folder 1

Sketches and letters to Rita Lawrence, 1957.


Baronian and Danielson

Box 1, Folder 2

Adaptation of Architectural Pottery's Bowl IN-03 to Outdoor Light, 1957. Photographs and specifications. Not produced.



Box 1, Folder 3

Sketches, 1959 and n.d. Installation plan for Farm and Home Savings, and product sketch.


Leland, Malcolm

Box 1, Folder 4

Letters to Rita Lawrence and sketches, 1962 and n.d.


Carruthers, John

Box 1, Folder 5

Letters to Rita Lawrence, enclosing sketches and design statements, 1960.


Vanderveen, Loet

Box 1, Folder 6

Letter to Rita Lawrence and sketches, 1962.


Taylor, William Paul

Box 1, Folder 7

Planter sketches, 1962.


Deeds, Douglas

Box 1, Folder 8

Letters from Ron Yeo to Rita Lawrence and designs, 1967. Yeo was another fiberglass designer. Design for newspaper vending.

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, memos, and sketches, 1964-1970.

Box 1, Folder 10

Photograph of trash receptacles, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 11


Box 1, Folder 12

Sketches of indoor outdoor chair, etc.

Box 1, Folder 13

Lawrence Halprin plans, n.d. Sketch on notepaper From the desk of Robert Alan Martin.

Box 1, Folder 14

Photographs of Deeds (?) and indoor outdoor chair and other furniture and of an automobile, No date 5 pcs.

Box 1, Folder 15

Design philosophy, 1969.

Box 1, Folder 16

Memos to / about / from Rita Lawrence, 1966-1970.

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence and memos, 1966-1967.

Box 1, Folder 18

Letter to House Beautiful, 1968. Photocopy. For an award(?).


Tackett, LaGardo

Box 1, Folder 19

Correspondence, 1966-1970.

Box 1, Folder 20

Design statements for stone ware, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 21

Dinner ware clippings, 1965-1967. Samarkand, Arabia, etc.

Box 1, Folder 22

Portfolio of drawings of stoneware, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 23

Design statement and drawings (blueprints) for Matrix / 30 stoneware, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 24

Box art sketches, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 25

Topiary planters drawings. Also slide and color print.

Box 1, Folder 26

Sketches for The City Tree, n.d.


Crawford, Elsie

Box 1, Folder 27

Sketches, 1968. Of round seat planter (FGPE-631, FGPE-832) other design not produced.


Production and Management



Box 1, Folder 28

Lawrence, Max and Rita (file 1 of 4), 1968-1973. Primarily inter-office memos re marketing, finance, personnel, publicity.

Box 1, Folder 29

Lawrence, Max and Rita (file 2 of 4), 1967-1973. Primarily inter-office memos re management, production, marketing.


Development and Marketing


Production and Management



Box 1, Folder 30

Lawrence, Max and Rita (file 3 of 4), 1969-1973. Primarily inter-office memos re production, personnel.


Development and Operations


Production and Management



Box 1, Folder 31

Lawrence, Max and Rita (file 4 of 4), 1970-1971. Primarily inter-office memos.

Box 1, Folder 32

Lawrence, Max. Note transmitting article Man on Top Sends Small Business to Bottom, 1973. Article in: Southern California Industrial News, volume 25, issue 45. July 16, 1973. p.1 with note evidently from Max Lawrence.




Work Center

Box 2, Folder 1


Box 2, Folder 2

Press releases, 1969.

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence, December 1968-August 1970. With magazines, Museum of Modern Art; mimeographs of photos with explanation.

Box 2, Folder 4

Clippings about similar systems.

Box 2, Folder 5

Printed brochure. 1 copy.

Box 2, Folder 6

Specifications, n.d.


Terra Major

Box 2, Folder 7

Printed descriptions / catalog. Program from California Ceramics at Los Angeles Furniture Mart, Peter Breck catalog.

Box 2, Folder 8

Development and publicity, January 1969- . 3 copies of Beginning Vocabulary to Develop a Consumer Brochure on Table-Top Ware, estimate for first production, list of marketing questions.

Box 2, Folder 9

Related clippings. Lead Poisoning from pottery article, clip of personal pitch for Terra Major from unknown writer and publisher.

Box 2, Folder 10

Invoices, 1970. Completed and cancelled sales orders.

Box 2, Folder 11

Photographs, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1970.


Lounge Furniture

Box 2, Folder 13

Design statement and printed description, 1969. Indoor/outdoor chair.

Box 2, Folder 14

Sales, 1970. Sales invoices.


Designers (Tile)


Cressey, David

Box 2, Folder 15

Clippings, 1964- . Artist-in-residence brochure, clips from other manufacturers.

Box 2, Folder 16

Memos and correspondence, 1965-1970. Sales and production.





Box 2, Folder 17

Correspondence and notes, 1970-1973. David Cressey notes, color texture descriptions, color name development.

Box 2, Folder 18

Photographs, 1964-1967. Snapshots (w/negatives) and glossy prints of installations: Los Angeles County Museum, Mechanic's Bank, Richmond, California, John Deere Building, Moline, Illinois.

Box 2, Folder 19

Clippings, n.d. Indian Hill Ceramics.

Box 2, Folder 20

Press Releases, 1970. Purchase of Indian Hill Ceramics, poster, price list.





Box 2, Folder 21

Memos, 1966-1968. Shipping, repairs, quality control.

Box 2, Folder 22

Forms and form letters. re definition of substitution of equivalents for products.

Box 2, Folder 23

Invoices, 1973.





Box 2, Folder 24

Blueprint and correspondence (agreement), 1972. Tile installation in showroom.




South America / Argentina

Box 2, Folder 25

Correspondence, 1969-1975. Personal and business correspondence with licensees in Paraguay, Argentina, Colombia, letter from Max Lawrence and Rita Lawrence May 1, 1975 re selling of Group Artec.



Box 2, Folder 26

Correspondence, 1960-1970. Business correspondence with India, Soviet Union, Puerto Rico, Spain, South Africa, Middle East.



Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence File 1 of 2, 1969-1973. Personal and business correspondence with Japan, Korea, India, license agreement with Semica Interior Incorporated (Japan).

Box 3, Folder 2

Correspondence File 2 of 2, 1973-1975. Personal and business correspondence with licensees in Japan, 1972 Japanese licensee (Semica) catalog.



Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1966-1975. Personal and business correspondence, license agreement with Consorcio de Disenos.



Box 3, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1969-1972. Personal and business.



Box 3, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1974 (and before). About installation at Sydney Opera House.


Group Artec

Box 3, Folder 6

Royalty agreements.

Box 3, Folder 7

Patent information, 1972-1977. For Thompson System.


Thompson System

Box 3, Folder 8

European patent, 1973-1977.


Possible Ventures



Box 3, Folder 9

Venture capital firm, 1969. Correspondence, board meeting minutes.





Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence (file 1 of 2), 1969-1971. Personal and business correspondence with Thomas Szekely, Toby Rodes, and others.

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence (file 2 of 2), 1971-1972. Personal and business correspondence with Thomas Szekely, Toby Rodes, and others.

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence re sale of business, 1974-1975. 3 letters.


Devlopment and Operations





Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence and Catalogs. Personal and business correspondence with Scotland and other countries.


Development and Operations





Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1973-1982. Personal and business.

Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1972-1974. Personal and business.

Box 4, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1958-1972. Personal and business.



Box 4, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1965-1970. Through licensee Knoll International / Canada.




Catalogs, etc.

Box 4, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1970.

Box 4, Folder 10

Exhibit of class work, 1950. Group photograph which constitutes the first mailing and offering.

Box 4, Folder 11

Earliest. Village Station address.

Box 4, Folder 12

After 1953 (Village Station), 1954 or 1955(?). Includes price list.

Box 4, Folder 13

King's Road Address, 1958-1960.

Box 4, Folder 14

Production Photos, n.d. Photos of plant and workmen.

Box 4, Folder 15

Kings Road Address, June 1959. Includes price list.

Box 4, Folder 16

Robertson Blvd. Address 1, March 1961. Includes price list.

Box 4, Folder 17

Robertson Blvd. Address, June 1959.

Box 4, Folder 18

Robertson Blvd. Address, March 1961.

Box 4, Folder 19

1964 (circa).

Box 4, Folder 20

Pro-Artisan, August 1965.


Development and Operations




Catalogs, etc.

Box 4, Folder 21

Retail Price List, April 1966.


Development and Operations




Catalogs, etc.

Box 4, Folder 22

Craftsman One, 1963 (and before). Before Artist in Residence and Pro-Artisan Line.

Box 4, Folder 23

Artist in Residence program, 1963.

Box 4, Folder 24

Sweets, n.d. Catalog text.

Box 5, Folder 1

General information--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Installation List, August 1963. Color and texture samples.

Box 5, Folder 2

Building Products Division--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Brochure (n.d.), photos of AF molds used in building Santa Barbara Community College (May 1964).

Box 5, Folder 3

Work Center System--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Brochures (n.d.).

Box 5, Folder 4

Seating--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Price list and photos (n.d.), various brochures w/photos (no dates), benches brochure (1968), clipping made into brochure, Salem, Oregon (1966).

Box 5, Folder 5

Planters, Receptacles, Sand Urns--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Complete brochure w/cover (September 1965), New Ideas brochure (n.d., production schedule (Rita Lawrence notes), various brochures, covers, photos.

Box 5, Folder 6

Catalog 64, 1964. 3 copies w/color and black and white photos.

Box 5, Folder 7

Architectural Fiberglass; Planters, Benches, Trash Receptacles, Street Furniture (1965). 3 copies w/ color and black and white photos.

Box 5, Folder 8

Pro-Artisan (1966). 3 copies w/ color and black and white photos.

Box 5, Folder 9

Architectural Fiberglass, 1968 (and after). 3 copies w/ color and black and white photos.

Box 5, Folder 10

Architectural Fiberglass; Net Price Schedule, 1969. 2 copies, no photos.

Box 5, Folder 11

Architectural Pottery / Architectural Fiberglass, 1971 (and before). 1 copy with photos.

Box 5, Folder 12

Arcon Furniture / Architectural Fiberglass, 1972. 1 copy w/photographs.

Box 5, Folder 13

Arcon Textiles, Arcon Furniture, Architectural Furnishings, 1973. Price lists only.

Box 5, Folder 14

Architectural Furnishings, 1974. Price list only.

Box 6, Folder 1

Architectural Pottery Samples #102. Color & texture samples from various divisions of Architectural Fiberglass.

Box 6, Folder 2

Duraclay. 3 black and white brochures for dinnerware (n.d.), 3 color brochures for planters (n.d.), Catalog 64.

Box 6, Folder 3

Additions; Architectural Pottery, 1971. Supplementary catalog showing reflective glazes.

Box 6, Folder 4

Catalog 64, 1971. 2 copies, copyright 1971.

Box 6, Folder 5

Price List, 1973. 2 copies.

Box 7, Folder 1

Arcon Furniture; The Hump System, 1971. 2 copies.

Box 7, Folder 2

Architectural Pottery; Additions, 1971 (and after). 1 copy.

Box 7, Folder 3

Architectural Furnishings; Fiberglass Planters, 1974. 3 copies.

Box 7, Folder 4

Artec Containers; A/F Planters, 1973 (and after). 3 copies.

Box 7, Folder 5

Ceramic Surfaces: Terrestra Collection / Architectural and Artec, 1971 (and after). Photos, 2 copies Artec and 3 copies Architectural w/ color photos.

Box 7, Folder 6

Artec Containers; A/P Planters, 1973 (and after). 3 copies.

Box 7, Folder 7

Architectural Pottery; Pro-Artisan. 2 general price lists, 3 Lamp Collection w/photos and price list.

Box 7, Folder 8

Arcon Furniture, 1971 (and after). 3 copies of Public Seating, 3 copies of Lounge Furniture.

Box 7, Folder 9

Arcon Furniture; Office Systems, 1971-1973 (and after). 3 copies Office Systems, 3 copies Thompson R/S, 2 copies Office Systems / Thompson R/S.

Box 7, Folder 10

Architectural Pottery; Price List, 1970. 3 copies w/color sample.

Box 7, Folder 11

Artec Containers; Pro-Artisan Containers. 3 copies.

Box 7, Folder 12

Graphic Structures. Photos, brochures.

Box 7, Folder 13

Europe, n.d. 3 copies.



Box 7, Folder 14

Advertisement, 1981. In: Arts + Architecture, Fall 1981 (premier issue), p.25 ad for Architectural Pottery.


Catalog Photographs

Box 8, Folder 1

Architectural Fiberglass Seating.

Box 8, Folder 2

Arcon Furniture Seating.

Box 8, Folder 3

Architecutural Fiberglass Planters.

Box 8, Folder 4

Pro-Artisan Planters.

Box 8, Folder 5

Architectural Pottery - Other.

Box 8, Folder 6

Architecural Pottery Planters.

Box 8, Folder 7

Architectural Pottery Planters (early).


Showroom Photographs

Box 8, Folder 8

Photographs before 1964 Renovation. Snapshots.

Box 8, Folder 9

Photographs after renovation, 1964. Glossy prints and snapshots.


Catalog Photographs

Box 8, Folder 10

Chair Height Sandurns SW-02, A-2, A-01, J-22, L-15, AC-17, AX-17, LTW-15.

Box 8, Folder 11

Original for Planter LL-20.

Box 8, Folder 12

Original for Planter L-15, L-20.

Box 8, Folder 13

Original for Planter SW-03. Includes news release.

Box 8, Folder 14

Original for Planter SW-04.

Box 8, Folder 15

Original for Planter E-31.

Box 8, Folder 16

Original for Planter G-25.

Box 8, Folder 17

Original for planter F-112.

Box 8, Folder 18

Original for Planter F-508.

Box 8, Folder 19

Original for Planter FX-2.

Box 8, Folder 20

Original for Cylinder photos.

Box 8, Folder 21

Original for Planters CC-30, CC-19, CC-28, CC-23.

Box 8, Folder 22

Original for Planters CB 8-12, CB-8, CB-16-11, CB-12-12, cb-12-7, CB-8-8.

Box 8, Folder 23

Original for Planters CS-12, CS-27, CS-21.

Box 8, Folder 24

Original for Planters C-12, C-18, C-26.

Box 8, Folder 25

Original for Planter G-99.

Box 8, Folder 26

Original for Planter K-97.

Box 8, Folder 27

Original for Planters CB-16, CB-12, CB-18, CB-22, CB-22.


Showroom Photographs

Box 9, Folder 1

After renovation, 1964. Negatives only. Filed separately for preservation. See photos in previous boxes.


Catalog Photographs

Box 9, Folder 2

Planters. 8 x 10 Negatives.

Box 9, Folder 3

Miscellaneous. Color transparencies for cylinders, snapshots of various locations (installations?) and products.



Box 9, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1956-1970. News releases, cover letter to architecture schools, etc.

Box 9, Folder 5

Memos and photographs, 1962-1973. News releases with photos.




Letterhead and Invoices

Box 9, Folder 6






Box 9, Folder 7

Installation Photographs. Cedar Crest College, Pennsylvania, Architectural Fiberglass in Australia, Arco Building in Los Angeles, Mattel Corporation, a shoe store and others.

Box 9, Folder 8

Story ideas, 1970. Correspondence re publicity.

Box 10, Folder 1

Article Economia di Penseriero, Economia di Progretto, 1994. In: Abitare, issue 329, May 1994. p.248 mention in article about post-war design in Los Angeles.

Box 10, Folder 2

Article Decorative Shards, 1983. In: Arts + Architecture, vol.2.2, p.37, article about design at Architectural Pottery.

Box 10, Folder 4

Mentions with photographs, 1976. In: California Design 76, p.40 shows Thompson Office System, p.38 shows Artec seating.

Box 10, Folder 5

Program from The Celebration of the 53rd Anniversary of UCLA, April 23, 1972. 3 copies of program honoring Rita Lawrence with Professional Achievement Award.

Box 10, Folder 6

Article Alumni Recognize Stein, Lawrence Contribution, April 27, 1972. In: UCLA Daily Bruin. p.23 article about Rita Lawrence winning Professional Achievement Award.

Box 10, Folder 7

Fashion layout, February 1970. In: California Stylist. Several page fashion layout using Architectural Pottery pieces as background.

Box 10, Folder 8

Article The 1969 Design Review, 1969. In: Industrial Design, vol.16 no.10. December 1969, p.49. Architectural Fiberglass and Group Arcon furniture, designed by Douglas Deeds.

Box 10, Folder 9

Article The 1967 Design Review, December 1967. In: Industrial Design, vol.14 no.10, p.32 Architectural Fiberglass seating.

Box 10, Folder 10

Article Six Unlikely Tycoons, September 1967. In: Los Angeles, p.30 features story on Rita Lawrence and Max Lawrence and Architectural Pottery.

Box 10, Folder 11

Article Semi-custom Pottery, December 1966. In: Interiors, p.52 about new division of Architectural Pottery, (Pro-Artisan).

Box 10, Folder 12

Article New Pots from Architectural Pottery, August 1966. In: Interiors, p.100 about new line - Pro-Artisan.

Box 10, Folder 13

Article Expanded Showroom for Architectural Pottery, November 1964. In: Interiors, p.100 about new showroom facility.

Box 10, Folder 14

Article Planters and Sand Urns of Fiberglass, April 1964. In: Interiors, pp.147-148, new division Architecural Fiberglass.

Box 10, Folder 15

Article Planting Pots, November 1961. In: Arts + Architecture, p.22.

Box 10, Folder 16

Article Sensuous Forms and Colorful Glazes Add New Dash to Planters, July 1961. In: Interiors, p.108 Article on hand-thrown pottery mentions Architectural Pottery.

Box 10, Folder 17

Listing Architectural Pottery, May 1961. In: Arts + Architecture, p.108 products which have been merit specified for Case Study Houses.

Box 10, Folder 18

Photo essay about Architectural Pottery Production, 1970. Bound photo essay by John Jensen for class project, copy of letter from Rita Lawrence to Jensen's school.






American Institute of Architects

Box 11, Folder 1

Presentation book. Text, December 1964. 1 leaf. Typescript [?]. Submitted by the Southern California Chapter of the American institute of Architects to the Committee on Institute Honors, The AIA.

Box 11, Folder 2

Presentation book. Photographs, December 1964. Submitted by the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to the Committee on Institute Honors, The AIA.

Box 11, Folder 3

Supporting letter from Robert J. Platt to AIA Committee on Institute Honors, November 24, 1964. 1 item, 2 pieces. Submitted by the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to the Committee on Institute Honors, the AIA.


AIA / UCLA Alumni Awards(?)

Box 11, Folder 4

A few words about Rita Lawrence prepared for the Los Angeles Times Home Magazine by A. Quincy Jones, F.A.I.A, January 3, 1972. 3 leaves. Typescript (photocopy). With a note from Elaine K. Sewell Jones (?).



Box 11, Folder 5

Presentation book. Group Artec book 1, 1973.

Box 11, Folder 6

Presentation book. Group Artec book 2, 1973.



Box 11, Folder 7

Submissions, 1973. Entry forms, correspondence.






History of Architectural Pottery

Box 11, Folder 9

A History of Architectural Pottery, 1971 or 1972. Written 1971 or 1972 and distributed with correspondence.





Box 11, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1983-1988. Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles, re Case Study Houses Exhibit; Philadelphia Museum of Art, re Design since 1945.





Oversize flat box 12

Scrapbook. Restricted pending conservation.

Oversize flat box 13

Scrapbook. Restricted pending conservation.


Development and Operations




Catalog Photographs

Oversize flat box 14

Group Arcon Furniture. 2 copies.





Box 14, Folder 2

Reprints of advertisement from Arts + Architecture, July 1953. 2 copies.




Catalogs, etc.

Box 14, Folder 3

Mailer #3.





Box 14, Folder 4

The Offices of the 70s, January 1970. In: Modern Office Procedures, pp.19-26 photograph of Office Systems desk, p.23.

Box 14, Folder 5

A Gentle Kind of Genius, February 12, 1972. 2 copies. In: Los Angeles Times Home Magazine, pp.12-33 article on Rita Lawrence and Architectural Pottery.







Box 14, Folder 6

Publicity clippings about Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Case Study Houses exhibit, 1989. From: Sunset, Los Angeles Conservancy, and Los Angeles Times. Clippings do not mention Architectural Pottery.





Box 14, Folder 7

Miscellaneous clippings. Copy of Abitare (special Genoa issue). Sample design magazine.


Development and Operations


Product Research



Box 14, Folder 8

Miscellaneous clippings.