Gladding, McBean & Co., was founded in 1875 to produce sewer tile, and in 1934 began production of Franciscan dinnerware in their Glendale, California plant. The name Franciscan is an allusion to Franciscan monks and reflected the simple, informal style of Mexican folk pottery. Franciscan Apple dinnerware as first produced in 1940 and Franciscan Desert Rose first produced in 1941. Other popular patterns include Ivy, October, and Fresh Fruit. Franciscan finally ceased American production in 1984 after their 1979 sale to Wedgwood of England. Gladding, McBean & Co. is still producing clay sewer pipe, architectural terra cotta, clay roof tile and glazed terra cotta pottery today.