Santa Barbara Ceramic Design was founded in 1976 by Raymond Markow.
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.