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Santa Barbara Design Studio
1650 Beacon Place
We make what we love and we love what we make.
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Santa Barbara Design Studio was founded by Ray Markow in 1976.
Santa Barbara Ceramic Design, SBCD
Santa Barbara Ceramic Design was founded in 1976 by Raymond Markow.
He still owns the business, and made a transition from hand painted art pottery to production household accessories in the mid-1980's.
This rather obscure SBCD line of pottery was inspired by a visit Ray
and I paid to Bloomingdale's
in New York in 1982-3.
spotted the Rosenthal display of detailed abstract designs, carved into vases and cast in a Parian-ware body.
twist on the idea and created the 'Florescence' line - a very functional, all-white selection of vases with floral designs.
It expanded our retail reach, selling for only $18 - $48.
After a few years, the line was discontinued and in 1985-6 Ray
sold it to me.
15-30,000 pieces were made by Ray
and about 15,000 by me.
I have the original carvings but in September of 1999 sold the molds to a couple in Summerville, SC.
For collectors: all Florescence pieces Ray
or I made are glazed inside only, except for experiments.
Ray's pieces are off-white inside & out and fired at cone 10.
Because of his
high firing temperature, Ray's
are more durable and about 10% smaller than mine.
Creative Leisure News - Designing Perspectives
Ray is the owner and product development manager for Santa Barbara Ceramic Design.
An art school graduate, he founded SBCD in 1976 after working briefly as a studio potter.
SBCD has grown into one of the leading suppliers of licensed design giftware products.
Ray has overseen the creation of thousands of products, each based on the artwork and designs of independent artists such as Mary Engelbreit, Anne Ormsby, Jill Seale , Michael Godard, and Kathleen McKenna.
is recognized for his
ability to spot trends and attributes his
success to his
passion for promoting talented emerging designers.
Santa Barbara Design Studio Marketing Website
Ray Markow, CEO director of Licensing
Santa Barbara Design Studio ...
Santa Barbara Design Studio was founded by Ray Markow in 1976 and is an industry leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of licensed art gifts, home decor, fashion accessories and entertainware products.