Gladding, McBean & Co., began production of Franciscan dinnerware in 1934 at their plant in Glendale, California. Gladding, McBean & Co. formed in 1875 to produce sewer tile for the then expanding American West. Over the years they acquired several regional potteries and expanded their product lines several times to include roof tile, decorative art tiles, garden pottery, and art pottery. Franciscan introduced their Fine China line in 1942. The Eclipse "American Modern" shaped patterns of 1954 included Starburst. Starburst would prove a radical departure from prior tradition and used an irregular shape and abstract radiant stars resulting in a very modern earthenware pattern. Today it is collected as some of the best design work from the Modern 1950's. When googling Franciscan Starburst dinnerware which is out of production but is available through companies such as Replacements.com. Last week I was able to spy Franciscan Starburst tiles in the master bathroom of 716 Blair Avenue in Piedmont. (A small well manicured city that neighbors Oakland. 716 Blair is listed by Dee Knowland of Pacific Union Listed at $1,395,000.) 716 Blair Ave is a mid century ranch home complete with a courtyard patio, original 1950's bathrooms and front door with starburst door hardware.