These Santas were made in very small runs, and each are hand painted by the artist. They are about 9 inches tall. The red glaze is particularly luxurious and has an almost textured feeling. The black is deep and rich. The white trim on Santa's outfit gives a light and soft feeling.
The artist was Marion Church Martin, who was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and spent her adult life in Berkeley California. Mrs. Martin is a well known painter, sculptor, and author. Mrs. Martin lived an active life until the age of almost 104 years old.
These Santas were fired at California Faience in Berkeley which was run by William Bragdon. California Faience had a large influence on the California Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th century.
Santa has his toy sack on his back; it is open so that it can be used as a small vase or to hold candy canes and small toys.
Although the Santas are quite substantial, they can be a bit tippy depending on what is in the toy sack. Therefore, be careful if putting these Santas in reach of small children or pets.
These Santa Clauses, have been in my family for over 50 years. They are now very rare collector's items, and when they can be found for sale the price reflects their rarity.