California Artist Stan Bitters

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Forty years before Jonathan Adler was mass producing 1960s style ceramics, Stan Bitters was pioneering the organic modernist crafts movement. His work ranges from large architectural installations to birdhouses and lanterns. His largest installations can be found in many of California’s public building built in the 60s, as well as in the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.

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Ace Hotel / Palm Springs, CA

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Bronze Doors / Saroyan Theater / Fresno, CA

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Bank / Fresno, CA


Ceramic Mural / Fresno, CA

Maybe someday, if Mr. Bitters is still working, and a long lost rich aunt leaves me her fortune, I will have a custom mural built into my home. For now I will cherish this lantern which hangs in my living room and casts a gorgeous organic pattern of light across the room.


To learn more about Stan Bitters, I recommend this interview with the American Craft Council.


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