California Pottery & Tile Works

California Pottery & Tile Works

Moorish-style Malibu tile was commonly used in Los Angeles public buildings and Beverly Hills mansions until the renowned Malibu Potteries burned down in 1932. Sixty years later, Sean McLean discovered a small studio of artists still making the tiles, and in 1993, he set up California Pottery and Tile Works to breathe life back into the dying art form. Now 70 employees produce the bas-relief tiles inside a 20,000-square-foot factory. In addition to original replications, California Pottery and Tile Works produces Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Celtic motifs, as well as custom designs. For residences, these colorful, hand-glazed tiles have been used for pools, fountains and murals.