In the mid-1960s, Robert Maxwell produced wheel-thrown and hand-sculpted stoneware vessels and animal-shaped "critters" that have become classics of California crafts. Though these hippie-era pieces remain highly collectible, Los Angeles-born Maxwell, 76, has created new planters with an undulating incised pattern for outdoor design expert Andy Hackman of California Living. The line coordinates with his store's supply of vintage Maxwell pots and the reintroduction of a ribbon design chair first produced by the wrought-iron masters Salterini. The new bisque-fired, unglazed containers range in price from $650 to $1,000. They can be used for patio plants or transformed into drum tables with a CaesarStone top, such as the one shown here, $1,400. California Living, 601 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 930-2601.
-- David A. Keeps