Tepco Beach, Richmond CA
San Francisco Bay - Crockery shards & beach glass
~ report on Tepco site for beach pottery submitted by Brody in Berkeley, CA
Dumping Site of the old Tepco Crockery Factory
At the dumping site of the old Tepco Crockery factory on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, there exists an entire beach that's mostly made from broken crockery pieces.
The factory shut down in the 1960s, so it's all about 45+ years old.
There's some beach glass, but the main attraction is the crockery shards...you can find pieces with bits of the patterns (Navy, Old West, flowers, etc).
It's fascinating! In my hunts there, I've found 1 WHOLE unbroken cup, one saucer, and one bowl.
They're wonderfully sturdy, but I'm amazed they survived being dumped on the edge of the Bay and then living there for ~50 years.
The Tepco dump site is located up near Point Isabel in Richmond, CA. ~ report on Tepco site for beach pottery submitted by Brody in Berkeley, CA
------------------- Added Notes:
"At Point Isabel, a peninsula on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, I climbed over the sea wall at low tide onto a narrow strip of rocky sand strewn with broken pieces of china.
"When I pulled a red candy-striped plate from the mud, inch-long black crabs ran a side step sprint into another dark niche. I spent the afternoon rummaging through the shards and took home a bucketful.
"Later, scrubbed clean, the shards showed their bright airbrushed colors.
"White, tan, blue and pink clay displayed palm fronds, pine cones, roses, wagon trains and Chinese temples. Some bore the name, "Tepco China USA."
"The Technical Porcelain and China Ware Company is now a part of California history, but at its height John Pagliero's "Pottery" could produce 30,000 dishes a day."
Written By Joseph Heaven, 1982
The site lies along one edge of the Cosco parking lot on Point Isabel.
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