Reporting Fran Lane
There are ceramic cats scaling walls all over Baltimore. These cats were very popular during the 50’s and 60’s and can still be spotted on homes all around town.
These are Camark cats that were made by Camark Pottery. Camark Pottery was a pottery established in 1926 in Camden, Arkansas that became known worldwide. Camark went on to bring innovative products with the contribution of great artists. Jack Carnes, one of the Camark Pottery founders, returned from European trips with wares that served as inspiration for new Camark products. The Camark hanging cat drew inspiration , where life-size terra cotta cats were placed on roof tops throughout Paris and the French country side to ward off mice and rats. In the U.S. Camark cats were huge sellers in the 1950-s and 1960-s and were hung on houses, trees, and mounted on roofs.